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A quick glance at this week's opponent: Stanford Cardinal

Stanford Cardinal (6-1, 3-1 Pacific-10 Conference)4 p.m., Husky Stadium

TV: Versus, 950-AMCoach: Jim Harbaugh, 3rd season (23-21).Last week: Defeated Washington State, 38-28.

Against the Huskies: Washington leads the series 40-36-4. But Stanford hammered the Huskies last years 34-14 in Palo Alto, rushing for 314 yards in the game

Washington connections: Stanford defensive line coach Randy Hart, coached for 21 seasons (1998-2008) under five different head coaches at UW. Washington receivers coach Jimmie Dougherty was a member of Harbaugh’s staff at the University of San Diego. The Cardinal has two players from the state of Washington. Junior offensive tackle David DeCastro was a top recruit coming out of Bellevue in 2007 and spurned the Huskies for Stanford. Sophomore fullback Geoff Meinken was a standout defensive end at Lynnwood, and went to the Cardinal to play linebacker. But he switched positions before the season.

Scouting report: The Cardinal have become one of the most physical teams in the conference since Harbaugh took over. They feature a massive offensive line that returned all five starters from last season. While bruising running back Toby Gerhart is gone, Stanford still features a power run game with sophomore Stepfan Taylor, has rushed for more than 100 yards in the last four games. But the best player on the team is quarterback Andrew Luck, who is just a redshirt sophomore in his second full season as a starter. Most draft experts have moved Luck ahead of Washington quarterback Jake Locker as the top quarterback and overall prospect in the country. The 6-5 Luck has thrown 19 touchdowns this season and 32 for his career.

Did you know: At 6-1, Stanford is off to its best start since 1970, when quarterback Jim Plunkett led Stanford to an 8-1 start on its way to the Pacific-8 Conference title and a trip to the Rose Bowl. STATISTICAL LEADERS Passing Att Comp Pct Yards TD IntAndrew Luck 133        200 66.5 1,728 19 5 Rushing Att Yards Avg TDStepfan Taylor 125 624 5.0 5 Receiving Rec Yards Avg TDDoug Baldwin 28 402 14.4 6 Punting Punts Avg BlkDaniel Zychlinski 15 44.8 0 Field goals Att Made LongNate Whitaker  11        11        46


Sept. 4 defeated Sacramento State, 52-17

Sept. 11 defeated UCLA, 35-0

Sept. 18 defeated Wake Forest, 68-24

Sept. 25 defeated Notre Dame, 37-14

Oct. 2 lost at No. 4 Oregon, 31-52

Oct. 9 defeated USC, 37-35

Oct. 23 defeated Washington State, 38-28

Oct. 30 at Washington

Nov. 6 Arizona

Nov. 13 at Arizona State

Nov. 20 at California

Nov. 27 Oregon State