Northwestern (@3.1) vs Stanford (@1.4)

Our Prediction:

Stanford will win

Northwestern – Stanford Match Prediction | 29-08-2019 16:00

There are great concerns about the inside linebacking group, and its imperative that Robinson, who was a highly-touted recruit when he arrived a few years ago, steps in to the starting role and fulfills some of his promise. I cant support this with much evidence from previous seasons, but hes the player Im most interested in watching on that side of the ball. On defense, Im going to go with inside linebacker Curtis Robinson.

Stanford Broadcast Date: Saturday, August 31 Game Time: 4:00 ET Venue: Stanford Stadium, Palo Alto, CA Network: FOX All of the CFN Fearless Predictions Northwestern (0-0) vs. Stanford fearless prediction and game preview. This time around, its a strong battle between two teams looking to be a part of the Rose Bowl chase. The Cardinal need to use this as a warm-up with road games at USC and UCF to follow, and with Oregon and Washington also a part of the first half of the season. Stanford (0-0) Game Preview The last time these two opened up the season, Northwestern pulled off a shocker in 2015 over Christian McCaffrey and a Stanford team that went on to win the Rose Bowl. Northwestern vs. Northwestern vs. The Wildcats get UNLV in Evanston the week after, and then the Big Ten season drops like a hammer with Michigan State, at Wisconsin, at Nebraska, Ohio State and Iowa to follow. The loss as it turned out likely cost the Cardinal a spot in the College Football Playoff.

Northwestern averaged only 23.4 points per game in their last five games played while Stanford scored an average of 31.4 points per game in their last five games played, including two games where they scored over 48 points on their own. Stanfords offense is top-notch, scoring at least 28 points in 14 times in the previous two seasons. I like Stanford to pick up the slack left by Northwestern. These teams combined to average over 50 points per game last season.

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After sharing catches with a stable of wideouts in Arcega-Whiteside, Irwin, and Smith, Parkinson should put up impressive numbers. Stanford has produced several NFL tight ends over the years, a list that includes Philadelphia's Zach Ertz and Atlanta's Austin Hooper. Although he is not a freak athlete like Rob Gronkowski, his height will allow him to come up with 50/50 balls more often than not.

Northwestern is 8-2 SU in their last 10 games played, 8-0 SU in their last eight games played on the road and the 13-2 SU in their last 15 week 1 game played. Stanford is 4-1 SU in their last five games played and they are also 12-2 SU in their last 14 home games played. The Cardinal are also 5-0 SU in their last five games played in August. Head to head, the Northwestern Beat Stanford 16-6 in their only meeting in 2015.

About a third of the way into the season Coach Shaw accepted that the running game wasnt going to materialize, so the focus of the offense shifted to Costello and the passing game. Costello) was that they were much better in pass protection. The good news for the Cardinal (and K.J. I would have to imagine that Shaw will look to establish the run early in the season, but Im also certain that Costellos success in 2018 will make it easier for Shaw to fall back on the passing game if necessary.

Of course, a hard-nosed defense has long been the key to Northwesterns success. The Wildcats have linebackers who can help stuff the run and a handful of capable pass rushers who can create problems for opposing quarterbacks. Plus, after the secondary was hit hard by injuries last season, the Wildcats have quality depth on the back end of their defense.

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Leading rusher Isaiah Bowser and last year's second-leading receiver, Bennett Skowronek, make up for one of the more underrated skill groups in the Big Ten West. Whether T.J. Green or Hunter Johnson ultimately wins the job -- both are listed as co-starters -- the supporting cast should provide some relief. Northwestern: Quarterback Clayton Thorson is off to the NFL, leaving the position a question mark going into the season for coach Pat Fitzgerald.

Obi Eboh, the cornerback opposite him, was also a coveted recruit, and Coach Shaw spoke glowingly about him at Pac-12 Media Day. HW: I cant imagine that too many quarterbacks will challenge Adebo this fall, so the rest of the pass defense certainly will have to step up. One of the stars of the Stanford coaching staff, however, is defensive backs coach Duane Akina, and his presence alone on the sidelines makes me feel more optimistic than most about the potential of this group. The concern regarding the secondary lies at the safety position, where only free safety Malik Antoine boasts significant experience.

Many fans are concerned about this group, but I think theyll be surprisingly good. ESPN recently named defensive end Jovan Swann the top returning defensive player in the nation in terms of game impact, and I also feel good about sophomore Thomas Booker, the opposite defensive end who showed flashes as a freshman last season and should be much better this year. HW: The mere presence of Adebo, a pre-season All-American, makes the secondary a potential candidate here, but Im going to go with the defensive line.

The situation with the wide receivers, however, is more interesting. This could be the most impressive run of talent Stanford has ever seen at the wide receiver position. Expectations are high for him this year, as they are for sophomore Michael Wilson. Even though the offense is replacing the most productive wide receiver of the David Shaw Era (J.J. Another receiver to watch is junior Osiris St. Brown. Arcega-Whiteside) and the most consistent (Trenton Irwin), there is still considerable optimism surrounding the position entering 2019. Even though hes listed as a backup on the depth chart, I think we can expect to see him on the field a lot in three receiver sets. There were high hopes for Connor Wedington after his debut in 2017, but injuries limited him to just four games last season.


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However, the good news is that they can expect an upgrade at that position talent-wise in Hunter Johnson. While he obviously lacks playing experience, Johnson has more arm talent than Thorson and gives the Northwestern offense more big-play potential. Once a five-star recruit coming out of high school, Johnson sat out last season after transferring from Clemson and is ready to take over for Thorson.