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Stanford vs. WSU: Can Cardinal Defense Stop Jeff Tuel Or Marshall Lobbestael?

The Stanford Cardinal and the Washington St. Cougars battle in what could be a potential trap game, and Stanford has to be on their toes. Andrew Luck probably has the tools at his disposal to take apart the WSU defense, but the Stanford defense will have its own test against a Tuel of their own.

Jeff Tuel is supposedly reporting to action this Saturday. He could potentially play if given the chance; Tuel is a remarkably gifted passer and could put up similar numbers to Luck, forcing Stanford into a shootout in the Paloouse. Even if Tuel doesn't suit up, Marshall Lobbestael has proven he can be an efficient passer on his own as well, and could try and attack with the vertical passing game to open up the run for a marching Cougars offense.

The potential of two strong quarterbacks will further challenge a Stanford defense giving up 6.9 yards per attempt (50th), a 61.5 completion rate (79th) and 240.6 passing yards a game (85th). The Cardinal have not broken much yet this season though, giving up only four touchdowns all year.

For more on Stanford football, check our SB Nation site dedicated to Cardinal football at Rule of Tree. For more on WSU football, head to CougCenter.