Since dropping its season opener, the Cardinal have rattled off five straight wins and to take control of the Pac-12 North division race.
First glance: No. 10 Stanford.
When/Where: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Stanford Stadium (ESPN, 1000-AM, 97.7-FM).
Coach: David Shaw is 32-8 (.800) in his fifth season with the Cardinal. He was Stanford’s offensive coordinator for four years (2007-10) before replacing Jim Harbaugh who left for the NFL.
Record: The Cardinal (5-1, 4-0Pac-12) eviscerated then-No. 18 UCLA 56-35 last Thursday at Stanford Stadium. Stanford is first in the six-team Pac-12 North division with a 1 1/2 game lead.
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Early line: Stanford is a 5-point favorite.
Scouting report: Since a head-scratching 16-6 loss at Northwestern in the opener, Stanford has rolled off five straight wins in dramatic fashion. The Cardinal have scored at least 40 points in its past four games, which is the first time that’s happened since 2011. … In their past 10 meetings, Stanford is 8-2 against Washington including last year’s 2013 win at at Husky Stadium. In that game, the Stanford compiled 365 yards to Washington’s 179. … Stanford ranks second in the Pac-12 behind Washington allowing 327.6 yards per game. Opponents average just 19.0 points against the Cardinal. However, Stanford has just six sacks, which is tied for last in the Pac-12. … In a preseason media poll, Stanford was picked second in the Pac-12 North division. … The Cardinal return 11 starters (eight offense, three defense) from an 8-5 team that was second in the Pac-12 North division at 5-4.
Players to watch: Sophomore RB Christian McCaffrey (6-0, 201 pounds) rushed for 243 yards on 25 carries (9.7 yards per carry) last Thursday against UCLA, which broke Toby Gerhart’s single-game mark of 223 against Oregon in 2009. McCaffrey also had 369 all-purpose yards, which fell 10 yards shy of Glyn Milburn’s school record against Cal in 1990. And McCaffrey scored four touchdowns, tying a Stanford single-game standard reached eight times before. He has 844 rushing yards and his 1,518 all-purpose total makes him a Heisman candidate. … Senior QB Kevin Hogan (6-4, 225) is a four-year starter who is 29-9 as a starter. He ranks seventh in the Pac-12 averaging 231 passing yards per game. Last year against UW, he had 178 yards on 17-of-26 passing with one TD and one INT. … Senior LT Kyle Murphy (6-7, 301) and senior LG Joshua Garnett (6-5, 321) are on the are Pac-12 preseason first-time picks who are on the Lomardi and Outland Trophy watch list. They anchor what is considered the best offensive line in the Pac-12. … Senior LB Blake Martinez (6-2, 245) is on the Butkus, Lombardi, Nagurski and Bednarik award watch lists. He leads the Cardinal with 70 tackles, which is 41 more than the next highest Stanford player.
By the numbers:
1 – Number of interceptions by Stanford, which is the fewest in the Pac-12.
8 – Sacks allowed by the Cardinal.
47.7 – Third-down conversion rate (31 of 65) by Stanford, which ranks first in the Pac-12.