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UW, Stanford a battle of balance

10/5/2013

STANFORD, Calif. -- There is no one "key" to the game for Washington's visit to Stanford. It's not a case of Stanford's offense versus Washington's defense, or vice versa. This is one of those games where both teams are performing well on both sides of the ball.

In fact, the types of numbers Washington has put up so far this season have been, well, Stanford-esque: strong defense, balance in the air and on the ground.

The Huskies enter the game yielding just 10.8 points per game -- the fourth best scoring defense in the country. They'll be pressed by a Stanford offense that has rediscovered the wide receiver as a viable offensive weapon.

Through the first four games, Stanford's receivers already have nine touchdowns as a unit. In 14 games last year they had only six.

Washington boasts the nation's No. 1 rusher in Bishop Sankey, who is averaging 151.8 yards per game. Defensively, Stanford is allowing 19.5 points per game.

The takeaway is both offenses and both defenses are playing well. So if it's a low-scoring game, don't be shocked. If it's a high-scoring game, don't be shocked. If it's a blowout one way or the other, then you can be shocked.