Head coach David Shaw announced Thursday that he will start sophomore quarterback K.J. Costello over senior Keller Chryst in Saturday's matchup with no. 25 Washington State. Falk needed four coming into Saturday's game, but threw a 12-yard touchdown to Tavares Martin Jr. with 10:49 left in the second quarter.
Without running back and Heisman Trophy candidate Bryce Love available last week at Oregon State, the Cardinal managed only 15 points with Chryst running the offense. The Cougars are 4-2 in the Pac-12 and 5-4 against the spread, including 5-1 ATS at home. Most of the offense comes through the air, as Luke Falk has thrown for 2,576 yards and 23 touchdowns this year.
Washington State is coming off a 58-37 loss at Arizona last week to fall to 7-2 on the season. He averages 198 yards per game, and his participation will be a game-time decision. Costello has completed 44 of 67 passes for 517 yards with four TDs and no interceptions this season.
With Love on the bench last week, Stanford produced just 222 yards of total offense in a narrow victory over cellar-dweller Oregon State. One major reason for last week's close game? I expect them to move the ball consistently enough to pull away from the Cardinal.