When I look back on my twenty-eight years following Cardinal football, the Stanford-Washington series has been interesting. While the yearly tilts with the Huskies lack the marquee value of Cal, Oregon, USC, or Notre Dame, those games have always served as barometer of the program.
In 1991 and 1992, the last year under Denny Green and the first under Bill Walsh, Stanford won a total of 18 games and appeared in consecutive bowl games for the first time since 1977 and '78. But as good as those teams were, they couldn't stay on the field with Washington. The Huskies dominated Stanford, winning 42-7 one year and 41-7 the next.
Then there was the 2006 game. If you were to plot the fortunes of Stanford football from 1892 until today, I have no doubt that the deepest valley on your graph would be 2006, and the Cardinal team that walked into Husky Stadium that year was at absolute rock bottom. The team stood at 0-9, and there were no indications that it would win a single game that year. Somehow, though, the Cardinal managed to beat the Huskies 20-3, avoiding the program's first ever winless slate.
As the program rose to national prominence under Jim Harbaugh, the team's 41-0 drubbing of the Huskies in 2010 followed by an even more impressive 65-21 romp in 2011 (with a school-record 446 yards rushing) helped establish Stanford's brand of intellectual brutality.
And then came 2012. In its first season without Andrew Luck at the helm, the Cardinal landed in Seattle fresh off a stunning upset of the #2-ranked USC Trojans. They left in disarray, having lost 17-13 without scoring an offensive touchdown. A year later, though Kevin Hogan led the Mighty Card to a narrow 31-28 win.
What will happen today? I'll say Stanford wins (shocker!) 31-13. But for some insight into the Huskies, let's hear what UW Dawg Pound's Anthony Cassino has to say. Read on and educate yourself...