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Stanford vs. Washington State 10/16/2021 College Football Picks, Prediction, and Preview

Stanford visits Washington State on 10/16/2021 at 7:30PM.

Stanford and Washington State face off in a regular season matchup. Games are on campuses and crowds are full once again! Stanford sports a record of 3-3 this season. Washington State is 3-3 this season. Enough preamble… Let’s get to the preview…



Stanford Team Defense Preview

Stanford has had 84 defensive drives in non-garbage time minutes and they yield 5.07 plays per drive. Relatively speaking, Stanford are not a team that allows many plays per drive. The defense either gives up big plays quickly or induces a lot of three-and-outs, we shall find out more. Offensive Coordinators have had no trouble with this season defense, this is one of the worst defenses in the country. The Defensive Coordinator coaching search threads onStanfordmessage boards are flights of fantasy. Stanford opponents passes the football 42.96% of the time.Their opponents run the ball as opposed airing it out.

Defenses want to stop offenses from getting into a 3rd Down where the options are plentiful. Unfortunately, the defense is too porous to limit those choices. Opponent rushing yards attributed to their offensive line this season comes out to 3.53 yards per carry. Sorry to say this about their front seven, but the best way to make an average offensive line look good is for them to face this season ‘s horrid front seven. This is a team that is getting gashed too much for the tastes of their base. Linebackers are not stopping the bleeding well enough. They are capable of giving up a long run, which is really demoralizing when the opposing team has the ball deep in their own territory.

This is not a disruptive Defense and they get pushed over way too easily. Perhaps they are too vanilla with playcalling. Their front seven is simply unable to make an impact, something must change or else the problems will repeat. Stanford has had shown themselves to be better at stopping the pass than the run this season .

Stanford Team Offense Preview

Stanford has had 72 drives in non-garbage time minutes and they average 4.86 plays per drive. Relatively speaking, Stanford is not a team that runs many plays per drive. The offense is either prone to faltering and struggles to notch first downs or extremely explosive, we will need to find out a bit more to get answers. Struggles to get ahead of the chains and convert on third and fourth down are common, the offense can stagnate. Stanford passes the football 60.00% of the time.This is an Air Raid Offense team, they are passes the ball a lot and running plays are only used to keep opponents honest.

Stanford struggles with running the ball, getting zero or negative yard plays is disspiriting and the offensive line is not effectively making a good push. Poor playcalling, pre-snap adjustments or post-snap reads may be responsible and this could fall on the Quarterback, Offensive Coordinator, and Head Coach. How effective is the offensive line given what we know about their ability to prevent negative yards on rushing plays? More than you think, thanks to the Adjusted Line Yards metric. Stanford can take credit for 2.77 yards per carry. So what does this mean? It means that the offensive line has had been incredibly disappointing in their contribution to the ground game. When it comes to getting to that second level where linebackers have not crashed down on the line of scrimmage, they are getting stopped with ease. Featuring an explosive running game… they are capable of breaking big yardage runs on First and Second Down. This puts a lot of pressure on Linebackers and Safeties.

Defenses have had average success disrupting the flow of the Stanford Offense. Front sevens are causing an average amount of trouble for the Offense. Stanford is a better passing team than running team this season .

Washington State Team Defense Preview

Washington State has had 67 total defensive drives this season and they yield 5.91 plays per drive. Washington State’s opponents run a lot of plays per drive and this leads to fatigue in the Fourth Quarter. Washington State has had shown an inability to stop defenses from converting on 4th Downs and they let opponents get into manageable 3rd Down situations where an RPO may be especially deadly. Passing plays are 53.54% of their opponents’ play calls.Washington State tends to face teams that prefer to air it out or opponents wanted to air it out against them.

Washington State is not doing anything particularly special as far as their ability to create negative yardage plays on the ground. How effective are opposing offensive lines given what we know about their ability to force negative yardage rushing plays? Washington State can take credit for holding the offensive line of their opponent to 3.33 yards per carry. Their defense gives offensive lines too much control over them on the ground, too much push from the opposing offensive line. Running backs should look forward to this porous defense filled with poor tacklers who take terrible angles. Opponents have had shown a relatively average level of explosiveness in the running game, maybe there will be a breakout rushing play against them.

Disruptive plays are a part of the fabric of this team’s defensive effort. Game changing plays that drive Offensive Coordinators and Quarterbacks crazy, they find ways to deliver. Getting more specific, this front seven is a cause of a lot of headaches for offenses. They may be good enough to cause trouble in pass rush with just four rushers!Washington State has had shown themselves to be better at stopping the pass than the run this season .

Washington State Team Offense Preview

Washington State has had 70 total drives this season and they generate 5.66 plays per drive. There is not much to take away here when it comes to how many plays per drive they run , but they are a team that falls in the average window when it comes to plays per drive. Washington State is an average offense as far as staying ahead of the chains, getting into 3rd and Short scenarios, and converting on 3rd and 4th Down. Washington State passes the football 58.33% of the time.This is an Air Raid Offense team, they are passes the ball a lot and running plays are only used to keep opponents honest.

Washington State struggles with running the ball, getting zero or negative yard plays is disspiriting and the offensive line is not effectively making a good push. Poor playcalling, pre-snap adjustments or post-snap reads may be responsible and this could fall on the Quarterback, Offensive Coordinator, and Head Coach. Based on the Adjusted Line Yards metric, which measures the amount of credit that should be ascribed to the offensive line for a rushing play, they average 2.98 yards per carry. Generally speaking, this is an average offensive line as far as their ability to set up the running game. This is a team that is rather above-average when it comes to gashing defenses. The threat of the run forces opponents to play more honest and assignment defensive football is a must, especially against zone read looks. With a relatively average explosiveness in the running game, breakout rushing plays are possible, but it is not something to count on from them.

Defenses are able to impose their will on the Washington State Offense this season . Front sevens are causing an average amount of trouble for the Offense. Washington State is a better passing team than running team this season .

The Stanford Roster

The Players to Watch for Stanford

Tanner McKee QB 6’6″ 228 Freshman

Tanner McKee put up 1341 yards, tossed 12 touchdowns, and he threw 3 interceptions this season. He threw a variety of different length passes. His average completed pass was 7.4 yards. The zone read is a common part of the offense and mobility is used as part of the offense, but not necessarily the focus of the offense. His average rush was -0.7 yards.

Nathaniel Peat RB 5’10” 197 Sophomore

Nathaniel Peat had 320 rushing yards on 48 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He had 2 rushing touchdowns. He was relied upon to carry the ball quite a bit this season. His average rush was 6.7 yards. He is a consistent option in the passing game considering that he is a running back. When he catches a pass, he generates on average 6.7 yards.

Elijah Higgins WR 6’3″ 235 Sophomore

Elijah Higgins picked up 358 yards through the air. He caught the ball 28 times this season. He reached the end zone 4 times. He is a go-to in the passing game. When he catches a pass, he generates on average 12.8 yards.

Dalyn Wade-Perry DT 6’4″ 330 Senior

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Stanford, Dalyn Wade-Perry, had 14 tackles this season.Among Defensive Tackles/Nose Tackles, he was clogging the gaps and playing disruptive proving he is one of the best at forcing lost yardage, he had 3 tackles for loss this season.He was a strong pass rusher in the interior this season registering 1 tackles for loss.

Thomas Booker DE 6’4″ 310 Junior

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Stanford, Thomas Booker, had 32 tackles this season.Among Defensive Tackles/Nose Tackles, he was clogging the gaps and playing disruptive proving he is one of the best at forcing lost yardage, he had 4 tackles for loss this season.He was a strong pass rusher in the interior this season registering 1 tackles for loss.

Kendall Williamson S 6’1″ 202 Junior

The leading tackler among Defensive Backs for Stanford, Kendall Williamson, had 35 tackles this season.He forced 0 tackles for loss this season.He had 0.0 sacks this season.

Kyu Blu Kelly CB 6’1″ 186 Sophomore

The leading tackler among Cornerbacks for Stanford, Kyu Blu Kelly, had 31 tackles this season.He forced 0 tackles for loss this season.He was among the best at picking off passes, he had 2.0 interceptions this season. Lockdown corner.

The Washington State Roster

The Players to Watch for Washington State

Jayden de Laura QB 6’0″ 195 Freshman

Jayden de Laura put up 1143 yards, tossed 12 touchdowns, and he threw 5 interceptions. He threw a variety of different length passes. His average completed pass was 7.4 yards. The zone read is a common part of the offense and mobility is used as part of the offense, but not necessarily the focus of the offense. His average rush was 3.2 yards.

Max Borghi RB 5’10” 198 Junior

Max Borghi had 332 rushing yards on 65 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He had 3 rushing touchdowns. He is considered one of the workhorse running backs of College Football returning this season. His average rush was 5.1 yards. He was relied upon as a receiver in their offense this season. When he catches a pass, he generates on average 5.1 yards.

Travell Harris WR 5’9″ 180 Junior

Travell Harris picked up 387 yards through the air. He caught the ball 39 times this season. He reached the end zone 4 times. He is a go-to in the passing game. When he catches a pass, he generates on average 9.9 yards.

Ron Stone Jr. DE 6’3″ 234 Sophomore

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Washington State, Ron Stone Jr., had 22 tackles this season.Among Defensive Tackles/Nose Tackles, he was clogging the gaps and playing disruptive proving he is one of the best at forcing lost yardage, he had 6 tackles for loss this season.He was among the best at disrupting things up the middle and getting to QBs, he had 3 sacks this season.

Armani Marsh DB 5’10” 177 Junior

The leading tackler among Defensive Backs for Washington State, Armani Marsh, had 31 tackles this season.Among Defensive Backs, he was very active and disruptive in the backfield, he had 2 tackles for loss this season.He was among the best at disrupting things up the middle and getting to QBs, he had 1.0 sacks this season.

Stanford vs. Washington State Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Stanford 34 Washington State 33

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