No. 15 Washington (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) at No. 5 Stanford (4-0, 2-0)
7:30 p.m. today, Stanford Stadium, Stanford. Calif. TV: ESPN. Radio: KJR
The line: Stanford is favored by 8 points.
Stanford key players:
QB Kevin Hogan: 174.6 passer rating
RB Tyler Gaffney: 94.3 yards per
WR Ty Montgomery: 4 TD catches
LB Shayne Skov: Team-high 28 tackles
LB Trent Murphy: A top NFL prospect
UW key players:
RB Bishop Sankey: 151.8 yards per
QB Keith Price: 173.6 passer rating
WR Kasen Williams: 16 catches, 1 TD
NT Danny Shelton: 6 tackles vs. Arizona
S Sean Parker: 3 INTs in 4 games
Surging Sankey: Two days after his star running back’s school-record 40 carry effort against Arizona, UW coach Steve Sarkisian tried to give Bishop Sankey a yellow (no-contact) jersey during Monday’s practice. Sankey declined. The nation’s leading rusher continues to move along at a remarkably durable rate, though Sarkisian admitted he would prefer not to have to rely on the junior as much going forward. “But,” Sarkisian added, “we’re going to do what we need to do to win the game.” Sankey’s breakthrough in 2012 came against Stanford, with a game-changing 61-yard touchdown run on fourth down sparking UW’s 17-13 upset at CenturyLink Field. “It was kind of (his) first game on a bigger stage,” Sankey said, “and it was a confidence booster for me as a college running back.”
Stanford’s fierce front: Led by senior linebacker Shayne Skov and his bleeding eye black, Stanford’s front seven is “probably the best” UW will see all season, Sarkisian said. Outside linebacker Trent Murphy returned an interception 30 yards for touchdown against Washington State last week, reminiscent of a similar pick-six he had against Keith Price and the Huskies at Century Link Field. Stanford has allowed just two rushing touchdowns in four games this season.
—- The L.A. Times on the “mirror image” of the Huskies and Seahawks with Steve Sarkisian and Pete Carroll in charge, and more on Sarkisian’s connection to USC.
The ESPN “College GameDay” crew breaks down UW-Stanford. ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi had a nice feature about Keith Price and Russell Wilson that aired on “GameDay.” If I find it online anywhere, I’ll pass it along. Also, here’s Jerry Brewer’s column from a month ago on the Price-Wilson relationship.
—- The AP says it’s “prove it” time for the Huskies.
—- Tyrone Willingham will reportedly be part of the College Football Playoff selection committee.