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The pick: Why Washington State will beat Stanford

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 3, 2017, 10:37 p.m.

In this Oct. 8, 2016 file photo, Stanford quarterback Ryan Burns, top left, is sacked by Washington State defensive lineman Hercules Mata’afa during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Stanford. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)
In this Oct. 8, 2016 file photo, Stanford quarterback Ryan Burns, top left, is sacked by Washington State defensive lineman Hercules Mata’afa during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Stanford. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)

PULLMAN – Maybe I’m coming off as a bit of a homer by choosing the Cougars to win for the 10th straight time this season. Maybe, or maybe I just like Washington State’s chances against a traditional offense with a single focal point. i.e. the one the Cougars will see on Saturday afternoon.

I erred in choosing the Cougars last week against Khalil Tate and the Arizona spread-option – which is looking more and more like the most explosive offense in the country, by the way – and would probably take the Wildcats in round two. (So I’m sure you’ll all point to this if the Cougs and Cats somehow link up in the Pac-12 title game a month from now.)

I’m optimistic that the “Speed D” will rebound against a Stanford team that’s been more of a one-man show than LeBron in his first stint with the Cavs. Nobody in the Pac-12 asks a single player to do more than Bryce Love and that reflected in the 15-14 win over Oregon State last week. Up to that point, the best defensive showing for the Beavers was a 35-32 win over Portland State, which seven weeks later still doesn’t own a win.

I see the Cougars winning game No. 8 and capping an unbeaten season at the home fort.

The line: WSU by 1

The pick: WSU 28, Stanford 24


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