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Originally published September 23, 2013 at 5:45 PM | Page modified September 24, 2013 at 12:48 AM

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First look at WSU's opponent: Stanford

By the numbers

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Conference coach-of-the-year honors for David Shaw in two seasons.

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Consecutive BCS bowl appearances.

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Times Stanford sacked WSU quarterback Jeff Tuel in a 24-17 victory in 2012.

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Consecutive Stanford victories, second nationally to Ohio State’s 16.

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Game time: 7 p.m., at CenturyLink Field.

TV: ESPN.

Coach: David Shaw (26-4, third season at Stanford).

Record: 3-0.

Last game: Stanford took a 39-7 third-quarter lead on Arizona State and held on to win 39-28.

The series: Stanford leads 37-25-1 and has won the past five meetings.

The early line: Stanford by 10½ points.

Key players: Quarterback Kevin Hogan has a high pass-efficiency rating of 167.7. Tailback Tyler Gaffney, after giving up a pro baseball career, rushes for 5.6 yards per carry. Wide receiver Ty Montgomery averages 19.5 yards per catch. LB Shayne Skov leads the Cardinal in tackles with 24, and All-Pac-12 OLB Trent Murphy has two sacks among 3.5 tackles for loss.

Stanford’s key to success: Cardinal plays with an old-style, power running game and physical nature up front on both sides. The run makes play-action passes effective, and the offensive line, one of the best in the country, makes it hard to pressure Hogan.

Bud Withers


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