That's not the case anymore, and even David Shaw knows it. Meanwhile, Jake Browning shows some of the weaknesses that have held him back since the end of a year ago. Washington's run game will bend the Stanford defense without breaking it. Washington would need to win its final two games against Utah and rival Washington State in the Apple Cup AND a Stanford loss in the Big Game to reclaim the Pac-12 North crown. That was the loudest Husky stadium has been since the Stanford game a year ago, and it was great.
Love wasn't quite 100 percent due to an ankle injury, but the Heisman candidate was healthy enough to carry the Stanford ground attack against a tough Washington defense. But that's the problem; I don't think the Stanford offense is capable of outscoring the Huskies, no matter how well the defense contains them.
But Washington's last-ditch effort to tie the game looked a lot like its other drives Friday night. Stanford can still get a berth to the Pac-12 Championship Game, but it will need some help to make that happen. I say the Huskies never run away with it, but are in control throughout most of the game.
Stanford vaulted itself into first place in the Pac-12 North on Friday night and pretty much put the Pac-12's College Football Playoff aspirations to rest in the process. He had four catches for 87 yards, including a 47-yard TD catch last week. Cardinal S Justin Reid leads Pac-12 and ranks second nationally with five INTs.
Washington quarterback Jake Browning connected on 17 of his 23 passes attempts, but that high completion rate generated just 190 yards and no touchdowns. Additionally, Washington State beat Utah, UCLA kept its bowl hopes alive with a win over Arizona State, and Khalil Tate continued to impress in Arizona's win over Oregon State. They're allowing just 240.9 yards per game and 11.1 points. Stanford put up an incredible effort and outscored Washington 20-8 in the second half to pull off the 30-22 victory. With 59 tackles, he leads the Stanford team. It went nowhere, and Stanford held on for a big win.