First glance: No. 5 Stanford Cardinal (4-0, 2-0 Pac-12)
Coach: David Shaw
Record: 27-4 in third season
Last game: Beat Washington State 55-17 Saturday at CenturyLink Field.
Series: Washington leads 41-38-4.
The latest line: Stanford is favored by 7 points.
— Kevin Hogan: 6-foot-4, 228-pound sophomore quarterback leads the Pac-12 with a passer rating of 174.6. He has 10 touchdowns against three interceptions, and he’s also averaging 5.8 yards per carry.
— Tyler Gaffney: 226-pound senior running back averaging 94.2 yards per game after missing all of 2012 while playing Class A minor league baseball in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.
— Shayne Skov: Fifth-year senior linebacker, a preseason All-American, has a team-high 28 tackles.
— Trent Murphy: The top-rated defensive end in the country according to one scouting service; returned an interception for a touchdown against UW last year at CenturyLink Field, and did it against Washington State on Saturday.
Stanford’s key to success: About a half-dozen NFL teams sent representatives to Stanford in the offseason to pick the brain of Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason. Last season, Stanford became the first Pac-12 defense in four seasons to hold Chip Kelly’s Oregon offense to 14 points or less (with Stanford pulling off the 17-14 upset in overtime in Eugene). The secret, Mason has said, is to be a “physical, nasty come-at-you” defense that doesn’t sit in “soft” coverage. The Huskies now run a similar tempo to Oregon’s, and controlling that pace could dictate who wins Saturday night at Stanford Stadium.
By the numbers:
— 12: Consecutive victories by Stanford, the Pac-12’s longest winning streak and the second-longest in the nation (behind Ohio State’s 17 in a row). Stanford’s last loss was at Notre Dame on Oct. 13, 2012; its last conference loss was to UW, 17-13, on Sept. 27, 2012.
— 3: Touchdown passes of 33 yards or more for Stanford in its blowout victory over WSU, adding a new dimension to what has been viewed as a traditional slow-it-down, run-first offense.
— .914: Stanford’s winning percentage, with a 32-3 record, in home games since the end of the 2007 season.
Stanford 34, San Jose State 13
Stanford 34, at Army 20
Stanford 42, Arizona State 28
Stanford 55, Washington State 17 (at Seattle)