Washington football has had some tough battles with Stanford over the years, especially on their turf, and they head to Palo Alto this weekend
For the second week in a row, Washington football will be facing a backup quarterback. Junior Davis Mills made only his second start for Stanford last weekend against Oregon State. Senior KJ Costello started the year at quarterback but was knocked out late in the first half in the opening game of the season against Northwestern. Mills replaced him and started against USC, and while Costello returned against UCF, after the loss to Oregon, Stanford decided to go back to Mills after Costello suffered an injury to his throwing hand.
Senior Cameron Scarlett is Stanford’s primary running back, with 413 yards on the season. The Huskies didn’t see much of him last year, so it’ll be a new look at a Stanford running game that has gashed the Huskies in the past.
Sophomore receiver Michael Wilson leads the Cardinal in yardage with 266 yards and touchdowns with three. Junior, and Washington native, Conor Wedington leads the team in catches with 25. Junior tight end Colby Parkinson is probably the team’s best weapon, and at 6’7 he’s a coverage nightmare for the UW defense, so keep an eye on how the Huskies decide to play him.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Cardinal are led by linebackers Andrew Pryts and Casey Toohill, who are tied for the team lead in tackles, and cornerback Paulson Adebo, who a lot of NFL draft experts think can be a high round pick. They lead a Stanford defense that isn’t what it usually is, giving up an average of 6.4 yards per play.
The Huskies are hoping to stay on track and climb up the rankings, and a big win would help them continue their climb and hopefully push them towards the College Football Playoff. A lot of that will ride on Jacob Eason, and the defense’s ability to force turnovers.