Even with Washington State having defeated USC (on the road, no less), even with Stanford set to travel to Washington this Saturday, even with star safety Ed Reynolds set to miss the first half after a targeting ejection, the No. 5 Cardinal are still expected to not have too much touble with the Cougars -- the Cardinal are currently 10-point favorites.
But the reasons Mike Leach's team might make a game of it are starting to pile up. The Cardinal announced Tuesday night that preseason All-American guard David Yankey will not make the trip to Seattle with the team in order to attend to a personal issue.
Per the San Jose Mercury News, the team said Yankey will travel to his Roswell, Ga. home to be with his family. The school did not say when the junior was expected to return.
Sophomore Joshua Garnett is expected to take Yankey's place at left guard in the starting lineup.
The game between the Cardinal and Cougars will be played in CenturyLink Field in Seattle, the home of the Seahawks.
Even with all the hurdles, the evidence of Stanford's comfortable win over Arizona State is that Leach and Co. still have some improving to do to upset the nation's fifth-ranked team. But it will no longer be a shock if things are more interesting than expected in the preseason.