Washington State vs. Stanford Odds & Pick: A Bet on the Total

This one attracted an abundance of attention out of the gate, as every professional and amateur punter, their brothers, sisters, and even neighbors hammered Under the 55.5 opener to drive it down to this figure.

No worries, as these are two of college football’s bottom-six offenses over recent weeks. They will struggle just to reach midfield as defense highlights both programs. These two will struggle to bust the 40-point barrier.

So, here’s a look at Washington State vs. Stanford odds and a pick in Week 10 of the NCAAF season.

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Washington State Cougars (4-4, 4-4 Against the Spread)

The Cougars have scored 17, 10, and 14 points in their past three games — all defeats — and have dropped four of their past five tilts. Their games are 7-1 to Under this season.

Last time out, they compiled only 264 yards of total offense in a 21-17 home defeat to Utah, in which star quarterback Cameron Rising did not play for the Utes. But Wazzu’s season low of 253 total yards occurred in an improbable 17-14 victory at Wisconsin.

Cameron Ward, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound sophomore quarterback from Texas, threw for nearly 4,700 yards a year ago at Incarnate Word to earn FCS second-team All-America honors. This season, his 2,184 yards are top-25 nationally, and he has 17 TDs and eight interceptions.

Cougars WR De’Zhaun Stribling is featured in our Washington State vs. Stanford odds & pick. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

Ward’s favorite target is De’Zhaun Stribling, a 6-3, 200-pound sophomore from Ewa Beach on Oahu, who has averaged 13.3 yards on 32 catches with a team-best five touchdowns. The god-fearing young man’s Twitter page is @Dezhaunthegreat.

The troupe has been a model of inefficiency. Over their past three games, the Cougars are sixth-worst in the country with a points-per-play ratio of 0.205. On the road, all season, they’re at 0.207, bottom 15 in college football.

Stanford’s defense will be difficult to budge, as it’s been sharpening over the past month. It yields 0.324 points per play over its past three games, which is in the top third of the country.

Poor offense versus above-average defense equals minimal points.

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Stanford Cardinal (3-5, 2-6 ATS)

The stunning aspect of these two pathetic offenses is that Stanford’s horrid three-game run includes two victories, 15-14 at home against Arizona State two weeks ago and 16-14 at Notre Dame three weeks ago.

Over that span, the Cardinal has registered 0.185 points per play, the third-worst figure in the country above only Boston College (0.096) and New Mexico (0.160).

What’s disturbing, though, is its 270 yards of total offense last time out in a home drubbing to UCLA. That’s Stanford’s lowest output of the season and harkens back to how pitifully it ended last season.

The Cardinal dropped its final seven games of 2021. And in the last five, it recorded 261, 167, 230, 282, and 227 total yards.

There is a lot more going on at Stanford than pigskin. Shall we pair the 2018 Double Diamond cabernet sauvignon with last year’s Manchego at Saturday’s tailgate?

However, a 10-22 record in three of the past four seasons (not counting the pandemic sidetrack) might concern some in the ivory tower on that gorgeous campus.

Michael Wilson, a fifth-year receiver from Simi Valley, Calif., who has a team-high four touchdown catches, typifies Stanford’s injury issues. He sustained an undisclosed tweak at Notre Dame three weeks ago and has yet to return.

Tailback Casey Filkins leads the Cardinal with four rushing TDs and 6-6 sophomore QB Tanner McKee has 11 TD passes and seven picks, while barely completing 60% of his attempts. Ari Patu and Ashton Daniels have received time as reserves.

It’s kind of a mess back there for Stanford and Daiyan Henley, who formerly played at Nevada, figures to disrupt its schemes even more come Saturday.

Henley, a 6-1 Super Senior linebacker for Wazzu, is as agile as he is tough with a top-15 national 80 total tackles and he’s top 20 with both 44 assisted tackles and 11 tackles for loss.

The Cougars’ defenders have been sharpening their tactics lately, too, yielding a mere 0.296 points per play in their past three games. That, folks, is 18th in the nation over that span.

Poor offense versus above-average defense equals minimal points.

Washington State vs. Stanford Sports Betting Recommendation & Pick

This one is on the Pac-12 Network, but its executives had better not count on boffo ratings. Anyone who is not an aficionado of defense had best look away because when either team has the ball, it is the other guys — on defense — who will shine.

We are on Under as we believe these two might not combine for 40 points.

Our Pick: Under 49.5 (-110)

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Rob Miech

Rob Miech

Rob Miech is a sports betting writer at Gaming Today who covers soccer and specializes in features content. He has written about college hoops for the Las Vegas Sun, CBS SportsLine and the Pasadena Star-News. Miech is the author of four books, including Sports Betting for Winners.

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