Stanford-Washington State Preview Capsule

(AP) - No. 5 Stanford (3-0, 1-0 Pac-12) vs. Washington State (3-1, 1-0) at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, 10 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: Stanford by 9 1/2 .

Series Record: Stanford leads 37-25-1.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Stanford looks to extend its 11-game win streak _ second longest in the country _ ahead of trio of showdowns looming at home against Washington (Oct. 5), UCLA (Oct. 19) and Oregon (Nov. 7). Washington State makes it annual trip across the mountains with a chance to prove its resurgence early this season is further along than most believe. The Cougars have not started a season with four wins in five games since 2003, the last time Washington State went to a bowl game.

KEY MATCHUP

Stanford's DL vs. Washington State's OL. Stanford manhandled the Cougars up front a year ago. The Cardinal set a school record with 10 sacks and 15 tackles for loss in the 24-17 victory. The Cougars were limited to (minus)-18 yards rushing. Keeping QB Connor Halliday standing will be crucial if the Cougars are to hang around.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Stanford: QB Kevin Hogan. The last time Stanford lost to a conference opponent, Hogan was on the sideline watching a 17-13 loss at Washington last September. He's 8-0 as a starter and has already thrown seven touchdowns in three games this season. He threw nine all of 2012.

Washington State: WR Gabe Marks. The Cougars can take solace in their ability to throw on Stanford's defense last season. The 403 yards passing by Jeff Tuel were the second-most allowed by the Cardinal since 2009. Marks was a big reason, with seven catches. He's coming off a career-high 11 receptions against Idaho.

FACTS & FIGURES

Stanford will be without G David Yankey due to a family situation. S Ed Reynolds will be suspended for the first half after being ejected last week against Arizona State for targeting. ... Washington State last beat Stanford in 2007 in Pullman. ... Stanford 15-2 in the month of September since 2009. Only loses at Wake Forest ('09) and at Washington ('12). ... Washington State hosted the Oregon schools in Seattle the past two seasons. They are scheduled to open next season against Rutgers on Labor Day weekend in Seattle.


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