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October 16, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Stanford installed as 20-point favorite over Huskies

The Huskies may be back in the Top 25.

But proof that there’s still work to do yet to get to truly elite status is evident in the opening line for Saturday’s game at Stanford, which has the Huskies listed as a 20-point underdog.

The good news for UW is that the line hasn’t meant much of late for the Huskies, who have won their last five against the spread to improve to 5-1 on the year against the line — same as their 5-1 record overall (they beat Eastern but didn’t cover, and covered against Nebraska in a loss, and both won and covered in the other four games).

Twenty points might seem like a lot to give a team that has won nine of its past 10 games.

On the other hand, Stanford has won all six of its games this year by 27 or more points, and has covered five times this year already as a favorite of 20.5 or more. Stanford is outscoring teams an average of 45.8-11.1, among a litany of impressive stats that include being ranked No. 2 in the nation in rushing defense (59.5) and having Andrew Luck at quarterback.

And obviously, it will be interesting to see if the line changes much this week.

In other Pac-12 games this week:

— Notre Dame is an 8-point favorite over visiting USC;
— Cal is a 1-point favorite over visiting Utah;
— WSU is a 3-point favorite over Oregon State in a game that will be played at CenturyLink Field;
— Arizona is a 4-point favorite over UCLA in a game that will be played on Thursday night (and a little strange to see a team that just fired its coach favored to win its next game)
— And there is no line on the Oregon-Colorado game, likely due to the uncertainty over Darron Thomas’ health.

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