RECORDS: Stanford 3-0, 1-0 Pac-12; WSU 3-1, 1-0.
KICKOFF: 7 p.m. at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.
SERIES HISTORY: Stanford leads 37-25-1 and has won five in a row.
STORYLINES: Fifth-ranked Stanford looks to extend its 11-game winning streak, the second-longest in the nation behind Ohio State (16 in a row). ... Stanford was impressive for three quarters last week against Arizona State, then lost focus. Playing with maximum efficiency for 60 minutes was the theme in practice this week. ... Washington State is 5-5 at its home-away-from-home, CenturyLink Field. ... The Cougars' Air Raid passing game uses four receivers and will test Stanford's ability to make open-field tackles. ... Auburn rushed for 295 yards against WSU. Look for the Cardinal to establish its ground game early.
STANFORD INJURY UPDATE: DE Henry Anderson (knee) is out. CB Barry Browning (undisclosed) is probable.
MATCHUP TO WATCH: Washington State's offensive line vs. Stanford's front seven. ... The Cardinal set a school record with 10 sacks last year in a 24-17 victory over WSU (in addition to 15 tackles-for-loss). ... If the pass-oriented Cougars don't give quarterback Connor Halliday time to find his receivers, they have little chance to be competitive. Halliday didn't play last year but is no more mobile than his predecessor, Jeff Tuel.
STATS THAT MATTER: Washington State is last in the Pac-12 in two important areas: turnover margin (minus-0.75 per game) and red zone offense (64.7 percent). ... Stanford is third in the conference in third-down conversions (61 percent), while WSU is second in third-down conversion defense (26.7 percent). ... The Cougars average a paltry 63 rushing yards per game. ... Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan is 8-0 as a starter.
-- JON WILNER