Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/26/12

Nobody needs to remind you how great Andrew Luck was in college. Certainly not me.

If Stanford does lose to the unranked Washington Huskies on ESPN, then memories of Luck's greatness may echo throughout the fans.

College football is different than the NFL in many ways. In particular, unlike the NFL, great players will move on in five years, usually less. Which is where great coaching and recruiting play a crucial role.

Standford's season has been unlike recent years. They did beat (then No. 2) USC, in a 21-14 upset.

But in Week 1 they snuck past San Jose State, 20-17.

Football's an emotional game, and teams can have letdowns. Stanford's advantage is the 12 day break they've had since the USC game. Will it be enough preparation time for head coach David Shaw? Will it be, perhaps, too much time to think about this potential 'trap game'?

My Three Bold Predictions:

1. Stanford OLB Trent Murphy will have a sack party.

This is Murphy's senior year and his last shot at making a name and reputation for himself and his style of play. Certainly helping matters is being on national prime time television, likely with defense hungry NFL scouts paying close attention.


2. Washington Huskies quarterback Keith Price will have a great game despite Murphy's consistent pressure.

Price is most comfortable in the safe confines of CenturyLink Field. His completion percentage is a full 25 percent higher at home this season, at an above-average 72.2 percent. So, look for Price to pile up a nice box score of stats in the game.

Unfortunately for Price and the rest of the Washington Huskies, stats will be racked up during "clean up time", because...


3. The Stanford Cardinal will score at will vs. the Huskies

Numbers and streaks don't mean everything, but they still matter. The last time Washington even came close to beating Stanford was back in 2008, Stanford won that one in Seattle, 35-28.

The score will not be that close this time.

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