Cougs-Card: Celebrities and CF.C staff predict the outcome

WHEN IT COMES to a really big Cougar football game, like the one Saturday night between Washington State and Stanford, predictions usually come out late in the week. We decided not to wait. Without further ado, CF.C presents the celebrity and staff picks for WSU-Stanford (7:30 p.m., ESPN).

JACK THOMPSON
Finshed WSU career as most prolific passer in NCAA history
Luke Falk is playing at such a high level but might have to oversome some weather on Saturday night. Meanwhile, the WSU defense will have their hands full but will also produce enough stops to make the difference in the end.
WSU 35, Stanford 31


RICK TURNER
1981 Holiday Bowl quarterback
It will come down to who will dominate the fourth quarter.  And I think the Cougs’ special teams will play a critical role.
WSU 35, Stanford 32


ALEX BRINK
Threw for more yards and TDs than anyone in WSU history from 2004-07
Luke Falk and the Cougar O will be too much for Stanford. Plus, the WSU D comes up with big stops late.
WSU 45, Stanford 38


JOHN HUSBY
1988 Aloha Bowl and 1989 All-Pac-10 offensive lineman
I see Stanford wanting to control the clock and possession of the football, using their power running game with No. 5 carrying the load. 
Stanford 31, WSU 24


PAUL SORENSEN
First-team 1981 All-America safety at WSU
Stanford has NFL-types up front on both sides of the ball and it’s going to come down to a simple thing: pressure their quarterback, protect yours. If the Cougs do that, they win. Mike Leach goes for two at the end of the game, Pullman goes crazy.
WSU 32, Stanford 31


CODY BOYD
2005 & ’06 Apple Cup standout, tight end
The Cougs will utilize our home field advantage against Stanford, the players will know their roles and make plays.
WSU 42, Stanford 38


JIM WALDEN
1981 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, nine seasons as WSU coach, 11 as WSU radio color man.
The Stanford offense will shorten the game limiting WSU opportunities.
Stanford 38, WSU 31


LEW WRIGHT
Cougfan.com Senior Correspondent
The Cougar offense will win the day on the final possession of the game.
WSU 35, Stanford 31


BRAULIO PEREZ
Cougfan.com Senior Correspondent
The Cougars are humming right now. Luke Falk is playing like one of the best QBs in the country and the defense is making plays. No special teams blunders and Washington State can take down mighty Stanford.
WSU 45, Stanford 38


MATT MOORE
Cougfan.com Football Analyst
Weather could be a huge factor in this game with showers and wind in the forecast. But this Stanford team is pretty conservative, and it could be their downfall in a game like this.
WSU 33, Stanford 30


MATTHEW ZIMMER
Cougfan.com beat writer
Washington State is better equipped for a shootout. Expect a high-scoring game but WSU's offense is clicking and should be able to keep up.
WSU 55, Stanford 52


NICK DASCHEL
Cougfan.com Social Media Editor
Stanford QB Kevin Hogan and RB Christian McCaffrey are too lethal duo and the Cougars won't be able to defend them for four quarters.
Stanford 37, WSU 27


JENNIFER CHANCELLOR
Cougfan.com Associate Editor
Assuming the Cougs can keep it together in the third quarter -- Stanford has outscored opponents 84-31 in that period -- an upset wouldn't be the weirdest Halloween treat seen out on the Palouse on Saturday night.
WSU 35, Stanford 34


CHRIS CHANCELLOR
Cougfan.com Associate Editor
The Cougars now have the size and experience to avoid being dominated by Stanford at the line of scrimmage, but another meltdown by the special teams coverage units could undermine WSU's upset effort against arguably the conference's most complete team.
Stanford 38, WSU 28


JOHN WITTER
Cougfan.com Managing Editor Emeritus
Card running back Christian McCaffrey makes it tough on Cougar defense - but Stanford will not be able to stop Luke Falk and Co.
WSU 45, Stanford 41


GREG WITTER
Cougfan.com Executive Editor
Stanford's formidable O-line is the talk today but by midnight Sunday the conversation will focus on the protection Joe Dahl, Gunnar Eklund, Cole Madison (pictured above) and the rest of the Cougs’ offensive line afforded Luke Falk, and how Falk then picked apart the Card secondary for long, clock-eating drives. Echoes of 1984:
WSU 49, Stanford 42


BARRY BOLTON
Cougfan.com Managing Editor
The weather will contribute to WSU leaving points on the table. But the Cougs have proven resilient in crunch time and there’s this: Stanford is thinner than usual on the d-line, their 10 sacks is next to last in the Pac-12. Wazzu finishes off enough drives and the secondary picks off Kevin Hogan in the final moments to seal it.
WSU 34, Stanford 31


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