WSU-Stanford predictions by CF.C staff and celebs

OH HOW COUGAR NATION is embracing the burgeoning crimson rushing attack. But there are those on our prediction panel who don't think it will be enough when Washington State meets Stanford Saturday night in Palo Alto (7:30 pm, ESPN).

There is a clear favorite in this one and it's not the home team. Kevin Hogan is gone, the OL is new and the two corners are backups. Running backs Gerard Wicks (pictured above) and James Williams are two to watch. And everyone in the nation will be focused on the yardage machine that is Stanford's Christian McCaffrey. But Jamal Morrow is the all-purpose running back people will be talking about at the end.  WSU 38, Stanford 24.
- Greg Witter, Executive Editor

WSU's running game has been the highlight of the week - therefore the WRs will look to put on a show this Saturday, not to mention Stanford is missing its cornerbacks. The Cougar defense will come out firing on all cylinders, and the Cougs' front 7 will beat Stanford's front 7. Not to mention, and trust me, I know ... the Cougs still have that bitter taste in their mouths from last year vs. Stanford. #GOCOUGS #KeepItGoing   WSU 44, Stanford 21.
-- Jeremiah Allison, WSU linebacker 2012-15

Stanford delivers the first blow of the night but Luke Falk and the Cougar Air Raid respond with 14 unanswered points. WSU’s defense gets into a rhythm midway through the second quarter, while the Cougar run game continues to be effective. Stanford starts to feel the pressure late in third quarter as the Cougs begin to take over the game. Falk throws for 300-plus yards, 3 TDs with 1 INT. James Williams and Gerard Wicks each find the end zone on the ground. WSU 35, Stanford 24
-- Skyler Cracraft, Correspondent Extraordinaire

Stanford without its starting cornerbacks, Wazzu's new and improved running game plus the Cougs' re-invigorated defense -- it all bodes well for the Cougs to make a big move within Pac-12 North division.  WSU 31, Stanford 24.
-Jack Thompson, Wazzu Legend

The Card's loss of starters on defense will help WSU and Luke Falk and Co. mightily in this one. However, Christian McCaffrey and the Stanford O will bounce back in a big way following the loss to UW. It'll be a shootout, but the Cardinal will edge the Cougars out in this back-and-forth contest. Stanford 35, WSU 28
-- Braulio Perez, Associate Editor/Recruiting Guru

Another tight one like last year but Cougs pull it out this year on the strength of the passing game and a late field goal. WSU 35, Stanford 32.
-- Alex Brink, Contributor and Cougar QB 2004-07

WSU will be able to move the ball between the 20-yard lines, but red zone inconsistency and a marked special teams disadvantage for the Cougs suggests a Cardinal win. Stanford 28, WSU 19.
-- Mike Olson, Digital Senior Manager

Luke Falk passes for 400-plus yards and WSU gets another 100-yard ground game. What else needs to be said? WSU 44, Stanford 30
-- Lew Wright, Associate Editor

Stanford still packs a punch, but for the moment they are vulnerable. With the right mindset, the Cougs have a real opportunity to grab a win before the Card can collect themselves. The secondary has been Stanford's weak point, and injuries are compounding the problem. WSU 31, Stanford 27.
-- Matt Moore, Analyst

Stanford will come out focused and looking sharp after the Card face plant in Seattle. But a big part of this 2016 Cougar team's identity is the ability to throw a counter punch (and that's meant figuratively, Jamal Morrow, not literally). The WSU passing attack may be the star in this one but the crimson ground game will be the tipping point. This is a Card defense that against UCLA and others has not shown the same closing speed and ability to wrap up as in recent years. Washington State will gain some late breathing room in what had been a tight game and Erik Powell will get the 0-fer off his back. WSU 41, Stanford 27
-- Barry Bolton, Managing Editor

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