HUSKIES’ OPPONENT THIS WEEK
No. 10 STANFORD CARDINAL (5-1 overall, 4-0 in Pac-12)
7:30 P.M. SATURDAY, STANFORD STADIUM, ESPN, 1000-AM/97.7 FM
COACH: David Shaw (47-13 in fifth season at Stanford and overall)
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AGAINST THE HUSKIES: Washington leads the all-time series 41-40-4.
SCOUTING REPORT: Stanford went from losing by 10 points in its season opener at Northwestern to looking like the odds-on favorite to win the Pac-12 North. Since scoring only six points against the Wildcats on Sept. 5, the Cardinal have scored at least 31 in its five games since — including totals of 41, 42, 55 and 56 in its four Pac-12 games, all of which were victories. Stanford ranks 17th nationally in scoring offense at 38.5 points per game. … Sophomore running back Christian McCaffrey averages 120.2 yards rushing per game, and he returns kicks, too — against UCLA last week, McCaffrey rushed for a school-record 243 yards and finished with 369 all-purpose yards. … Stanford’s defense holds opponents to 5.15 yards per play, a mark that ranks 40th nationally. … Cardinal quarterback Kevin Hogan has thrown for 1,286 yards with 12 touchdowns and three interceptions. … UW’s last game at Stanford ended in controversy after a pass thrown by Keith Price to Kevin Smith on fourth down was ruled to have hit the ground. Had it been ruled complete, the Huskies would have had a chance to attempt a game-tying field goal. Instead, Stanford won, 31-28. … The Cardinal has won eight of the last 10 meetings between the schools. The Huskies’ most recent victory in the series was a 17-13 win at CenturyLink Field in 2012.
DID YOU KNOW? Stanford’s roster lists six players with hometowns in Washington: WR Michael Rector (Gig Harbor), OLB Sam Shober (Monroe), ILB Mustafa Branch (Bellevue), WR Isaiah Brandt-Sims (Wenatchee), OL Joshua Garnett (Puyallup) and FS Calvin Chandler (Lakewood).
Sept. 5 L, 16-6, at Northwestern
Sept. 12 W, 31-7, vs. UCF
Sept. 19 W, 41-31, at USC
Sept. 25 W, 42-24, at Oregon State
Oct. 3 W, 55-17, vs. Arizona
Oct. 15 W, 56-35, vs. UCLA
Oct. 24 vs. Washington
Oct. 31 at Washington State
Nov. 7 at Colorado
Nov. 14 vs. Oregon
Nov. 21 vs. California
Nov. 28 vs. Notre Dame
COUGARS’ OPPONENT THIS WEEK
ARIZONA WILDCATS (5-2 overall, 2-2 in Pac-12)
1 P.M. SATURDAY, ARIZONA STADIUM, PAC-12 NETWORKS, 710-AM
COACH: Rich Rodriguez (31-16 in fourth year at Arizona; 107-64 in 14th year overall)
AGAINST THE COUGARS: Arizona leads the all-time series 26-14.
SCOUTING REPORT: Arizona seems to win the games it’s supposed to, and loses badly against teams more talented. Hence, the Wildcats’ 5-2 record — they feasted on three nonconference cupcakes, and have Pac-12 victories over Oregon State and Colorado. Stanford and UCLA, on the other hand, beat Arizona by a combined 64 points (though starting quarterback Anu Solomon was injured against UCLA and didn’t play against Stanford). … The Wildcats rank ninth nationally in scoring offense with 41.7 points per game, and they rank 14th in offensive yards per play with 6.79. … Solomon has since returned from a concussion and threw for 283 yards and two touchdowns last week in a 38-31 win at Colorado. He completes 62.6 percent of his pass attempts and has yet to throw an interception this season. … Leading rusher Nick Wilson missed last week’s game due to a foot injury. In Arizona’s first six games, he rushed for 683 yards and eight touchdowns on 115 carries. His status for Saturday isn’t clear. … The Wildcats have a talented group of receivers, led by Cayleb Jones, David Richards, Johnny Jackson, Nate Phillips and Samajie Grant. Trey Griffey, the son of Ken Griffey Jr., made his season debut last week after missing the first six games due to a foot injury. He has yet to record a catch this year. … Arizona’s defense allows 5.55 yards per play, which is tied for 66th nationally.
DID YOU KNOW? Arizona does not have a bye on its schedule this season. Instead, the Wildcats play 12 games in 12 weeks, then are idle during the week of Saturday, Nov. 28, which is when most teams will finish the regular season.
Sept. 3 W, 42-32, vs. Texas-San Antonio
Sept. 12 W, 44-20, at Nevada
Sept. 19 W, 77-13, vs. Northern Arizona
Sept. 26 L, 56-30, vs. UCLA
Oct. 3 L, 55-17, at Stanford
Oct. 10 W, 44-7, vs. Oregon State
Oct. 17 W, 38-31, at Colorado
Oct. 24 vs. Washington State
Oct. 31 at Washington
Nov. 7 at USC
Nov. 14 vs. Utah
Nov. 21 at Arizona State
Christian Caple, staff writer