In what is perhaps the quietest top ten matchup that no one is talking about in college football, No.7 Stanford (3-0) treks north to the Emerald City to face No.10 Washington Huskies (4-0) Friday at 9 pm EST.
To many on the East Coast, not many know of the Pac-12 except for Oregon, USC, UCLA and Stanford. This year, the conference is beginning to catch the eyes of many east of the Mississippi. Thanks to Heisman hopefuls such as Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey, UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen and USC wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.
The chances that most East Coast college football fans get to see these teams—let along a top ten matchup—don’t happen until either in November or during rivalry weekend.
While many do know of the fore mentioned Cardinal, not many know about the tenth-ranked Huskies. Led by former Boise State head coach Chris Pederson, the Huskies have quietly carved out a share of Pac-12 dominance in the North Division.
With the visiting Cardinal in town, and on their turf, can the Huskies stake their claim as top dog in the Pac-12?
Is RB Christian McCaffrey More Than Just a Farm Boy?]
You know the popular Bob Evans jingle, “down on the farm!” While all-world tailback extraordinaire Christian McCaffrey has accumulated much of his touchdowns down in Palo Alto at ‘The Farm”, he is a different player outside of it.
Since 2015, McCaffrey has not scored a touchdown outside Stanford Stadium, and if the Cardinal hope to win in Seattle, he will need to break that streak.
Will This Be Washington QB Jake Browning’s Breakout Game?
For those on the West Coast, the 6’2 209-pound sophomore Huskies quarterback is a known commodity. For those outside of Seattle, he is a bit of an enigma.
Browning, who has completed 70.5 percent of his passes, has passed for 904 yards, 14 touchdowns, and only two touchdowns. If there is such a game that would raise his national profile outside the land of Starbucks and Microsoft, this is it.
Can Huskies Stake Their Early Claim to Conference Supremacy?
Perhaps the quietest top-ten team that no one is talking about, the tenth-ranking Huskies have a lot to prove, in front of what would be a national audience Friday evening. If they can take advantage of what will be a raucous Seattle crowd and make some big plays, they may have a shot.
What they must do is neutralize the fore-mentioned McCaffrey and extend his woes on the road, unlike last year down in Palo Alto, as he accumulated 300 all-purpose yards in a 31-14 loss, while putting Browning and the offense in favorable field position, while wearing down their regular stout and physical defense.
If Washington can do these things, the Huskies have a chance for a big upset at home.