Free College Football Picks Today: Stanford Cardinal vs Washington State Cougars 11/5/22

Free College Football Picks Today: Stanford Cardinal vs Washington State Cougars 11/5/22
Sat 5th November 2022

The Stanford University Cardinal (3-5, 1-5 Pac-12) play host to the Washington State University Cougars (4-4, 1-4 Pac-12), who will be out to end their losing streak, at Stanford Stadium on Saturday. The Cougars are 4.5-point favorites, and the total is 50.5.

Washington State is coming off a 21-17 loss to No. 14 Utah at Clarence D. Martin Stadium last Thursday, their third consecutive defeat. Cameron Ward threw for 222 yards and a touchdown. He also ran 12 times for 28 yards and a touchdown.

De’zhaun Stribling caught four passes for 66 yards and a touchdown. Stanford lost 38-13 to No. 12 UCLA at Rose Bowl last Saturday. Tanner McKee was 13 of 29 for 125 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. Ashton Daniels carried five times for 51 yards. Benjamin Yurosek scored once. He had five receptions for 32 yards.


The Cougars won the only meeting between the teams last season, a 34-31 victory in October, their fourth straight win against Stanford. Jayden de Laura threw three touchdowns for Washington State, as Max Borghi added two TDs. Tanner McKee tossed two touchdowns for Stanford.


The Cougars are averaging 23.6 points per game for the season, ninth in the Pac-12, and they are facing a Cardinal defense that has surrendered 28.8 PPG (9th). Meanwhile, Stanford has scored 23.6 points a game this season, ninth in the conference, and Washington State is allowing 20.8 PPG (1st).

The Cougars rank as one of the nation’s worst teams in rushing yards per game (83.5, 126th), while they are 35th in passing yards (273.0). They may find their best opportunities on the ground, as the Cardinal are 119th in the country in rushing yards allowed per game (204.6). Against the pass, Stanford is 44th (212.5).

Stanford is 52nd in the nation in passing yards per game (255.1) and 99th in rushing (126.6), while the Cougars are allowing 235.0 passing yards (73rd) and 129.5 rushing yards per game (49th).


Through eight games, Cameron Ward has thrown for 17 touchdowns (8 INT) and 273.0 yards per game to lead Washington State in passing. In three away games this season, he has four TDs (3 INT) and an average of 239.0 yards passing.

Nakia Watson leads the team in rushing with an average of 54.2 yards a game over six games. He has two touchdowns on the ground and two through the air. De’zhaun Stribling is the Cougars’ leading receiver with 53.1 yards a game and five TDs.

Tanner McKee has 11 passing touchdowns (7 INT) with 246.5 yards per game through eight games to lead Stanford. In four home games this season, he has thrown for five TDs (5 INT) and an average of 279.2 yards.

Casey Filkins has been the home team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 68.3 yards a game through seven games. He has five total touchdowns, four rushing and one receiving. Michael Wilson has been the primary target in the Cardinal’s aerial attack. He has four touchdowns and a 69.7 yard per game average through six appearances.

SportsTips’ College Football Pick:

Wash State (-190)

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