Huskies Sniffing for Success down on the Farm
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It may be early October, but it's about time for Pac-12 fans to see the first critical conference matchup unfold on the NCAA moneyline in college football's Week 6.
This Saturday, the No 5 Stanford Cardinal will face their toughest test of the season thus far, lined up against a No 15 Washington Huskies program that’s come out of the gates swinging.
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The Cardinal may take a 7½-point advantage into the Saturday clash, but the Huskies have emerged as potential threats after starting their 2013 campaign off on the right foot ... or paw. A victory over No 19 Boise State to open the season, combined with their suffocating defense that’s limited opponents to just 10.4 points per game, makes them one of the more intriguing college football betting options.
A long look on the Bovada data tool that can be found on the Home page provides ample reason why Washington could be a fashionable underdog this weekend.
The Cardinal, however, are ranked in the nation’s top-five for a reason and will look to showcase that in their third conference matchup of the young campaign. Can Kevin Hogan and company show why Stanford has 11:1 odds of winning the BCS National Championship?
This is the first of the 'triumverate clashes' in the Pac-12 North. In Week 7, Washington will play host to No 2 Oregon, and the Ducks face Stanford on Thu 7 Nov. As much as the national spotlight has been on the known quantity of Oregon with its turbocharged offense, many on the West Coast believe that Washington can now match them with speed. However, Stanford is considered to be stronger than both of them, has added speed of its own, and in quarterback Kevin Hogan, now has matched the Ducks and Huskies in the backfield.
Not to be discounted in the Pac-12 North are Oregon State and Washington State. On the day, both are well capable of reminding onlookers that they're capable of upsetting any one of their more highly regarded division rivals.
If any team makes it out of the division undefeated, it will be a virtual lock to make the BCS title game. And the infighting begins Saturday night in Palo Alto.