Rivalry games are always weird. Both teams want that “W” just a little more, and there’s an added degree of scrutiny from inside and outside the program. The result is that the favorite ends up playing with a lot more pressure. They’re playing not to lose. Meanwhile, the underdog has nothing to lose. Yes, Stanford has struggled with Cal this season.
Stanford men’s basketball (14-13, 8-6 Pac-12) can get a step closer to that goal Thursday, when it battles the Washington Huskies (18-9, 8-6 Pac-12) for sole possession of fifth place in the conference. The top-four Pac-12 teams will receive a bye in the conference tournament.
Stanford has the most famous No. 20 in all of college football at the moment. Junior running back Bryce Love has stolen most of the national attention on the entire Pac-12 thanks to his dazzling Heisman campaign, but he’s also stolen some of the spotlight from his star teammate on defense who shares the same number.
Stanford football team (7-3, 6-2 Pac-12) toughed it out and pulled off a massive upset against No. 9 ranked Washington (8-2, 5-2 Pac-12) and its No. 1-ranked defense. In an offensively dominated showdown that put 52 total points on the board, Stanford went blow for blow and took the game 30-22.
The Daily Sports Staff give their predictions on the Friday’s game between Stanford football vs. Washington.
This Friday, Stanford football (6-1, 5-2) hosts No. 9 Washington Huskies (8-1, 5-1 Pac-12) in Stanford Stadium. The Cardinal need a win in order to keep their hopes of winning the Pac-12 North alive. Washington needs a win so it has a shot at the College Football Playoffs.
This Friday at 7:30 p.m. Stanford (6-3, 5-2 Pac-12) will take on No.9 Washington (8-1, 5-1 Pac-12) at home, a tough matchup that follows a short week where the Cardinal only had six days to rest after a loss to Washington State.
Stanford football suffered its third loss of the season to Washington State last week in Pullman. The offense struggled to generate any moment but now have a short week to play Washington at home this Friday. King Jemison, Alejandro Salinas and Ariana Rollins discuss Washington’s defense and the Cardinal’s passing attack and defense.