Stanford faces off against Colorado for the 10th time in these programs’ history. While the PAC-12 history goes back to only 2011, these teams history goes back to 1904. Over the course of nine meetings, Stanford leads 6-3.
In 1904 Stanford won 33-0 before the Buffaloes went on a three game win streak. However, of those three game only one was by a margin of double digit points. Since then Stanford has gone 5-0, but the games were not close. When Colorado joined the PAC-12, they suffered three blowouts to Stanford. Stanford has scored 40 plus points in four straight games.
Since Colorado joined the PAC-12 in 2011, Stanford has dominated them over three games by a total score of 138-17. They also recorded their second shutout over the team in 2012, the first coming in 1904.
While all this seems encouraging for the Cardinal it should be noted this will be the first time since joining the PAC-12 that Colorado will go into a game against Stanford with the Buffaloes possessing the better record. This also marks the first time that Colorado ranks higher in total offense (Colorado 4th and Stanford 127th) and in total defense (Colorado 34th and Stanford 35th) in the time that these teams have played since Colorado joined the PAC-12.
When really digging into the stats it gets worse. Colorado has 214.9 rushing yards a game and 17 touchdowns to Stanford’s 146.7 yards and five touchdowns. Through the air Colorado has 300.4 yards and 16 touchdowns to Stanford’s 158.5 yards and five touchdowns.
The defensive side is grim as well, as Colorado has 19 sacks, eight interceptions and is tied for first in college with 36 passes defended to Stanford’s 18 sacks, seven interceptions and 22 passes defended. The passing game will only get harder for Stanford in this game. The Cardinal will have problems with this team.
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