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Stanford Wants 4.0 BCS GPA: Part I

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Disrupting Keith Price and his offense will be important, but getting Kevin Hogan going on the other side of the ball is paramount. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images.
Disrupting Keith Price and his offense will be important, but getting Kevin Hogan going on the other side of the ball is paramount. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images.

Chance Of A Loss: 40 percent

Why Washington Will Win: Stanford's loss to Washington hangs in the back of their minds. Washington is a foil to Stanford. While Oregon’s game plays into Stanford’s trap, Stanford plays into Washington’s. Their surprisingly strong defense has improved this year. So has Keith Price. He must want to prove something after garnering so much hype these last few years and not delivering. Expect Price and the Washington defense to play hot early and have momentum when they arrive at The Farm come October.

Why Stanford Will Win: Stanford is the better team. If its offense puts up 30 points in this game, I almost guarantee a win. The Cardinal usually have Washington’s number on offense, scoring 65 points in 2011 and 41 in 2010. Ben Gardner and Co. on the defensive line should be able to rattle Price. Hogan will be ready on offense and will perform better than Josh Nunes (18-of-37 for 170 yards and one interception last season). Stanford won't look past the Huskies this year and will avenge last year's loss.