The Stanford Cardinal will look to improve to 4-2 and stay in the top 25 as they face the Washington State Cougars, who let a seemingly sure win slip away against Cal.
No. 25 Stanford is hanging on for dear life in the rankings after already losing two games this season to USC and No. 6 Notre Dame, but they will have a prime opportunity to improve to 4-2 as they face Washington State.
The Cardinal rank first in the nation in scoring defense with just 8.6 points allowed per game, but they let a potential win against the Fighting Irish slip away as they allowed the game-winning touchdown on fourth-and-11 with just over a minute remaining in the game.
Quarterback Kevin Hogan struggled in the loss with 158 passing yards and two interceptions on 18-of-36 passing. The running game also sputtered as it was held to 47 total yards.
The offense has failed to make a significant impact as Stanford ranks 91st in the country with 24.8 points scored per game.
However, they will have an easy matchup against the Cougars, who allowed 60 points in a loss to Cal. They fell to 2-4 after kicker Quentin Breshears missed a 19-yard field goal with 19 seconds remaining.
Quarterback Connor Halliday threw for an NCAA-record 734 yards and six touchdown passes. Halliday has already thrown for 26 touchdowns, but he has also thrown seven interceptions.
Running back Gerard Wicks showed a knack for the goal line as he rushed for two touchdowns, but he and Halliday will both be severely tested by the Stanford defense.
The Cardinal will be determined to not let their home crowd down and stay in the rankings.
Prediction: Stanford 31, Washington State 20