Last year, you wouldn’t believe me if I told you a Stanford vs Colorado matchup would be close, but this year, you would probably think differently. Colorado has proven that they are an improved team after competing against Michigan and USC and beating Oregon. Meanwhile, Stanford is not the same team that blew out Colorado 42-10 last year. Look for an exciting game between the Cardinal and Buffalos come Saturday.
Colorado is tied for first in the PAC-12 South and has won five of their last seven games; their success this year is no fluke. Quarterback Sefo Liufau plays mistake free football as he has thrown for big yards without throwing an interception this year. Earlier this year, Liufau injured his ankle, but after returning against Arizona State, he seemed in perfect health again.
Colorado also has a good receiving corps with three receivers recording over one hundred yards in a game. The Stanford secondary, however, has faced tougher passing teams before. With Meeks back and hopefully Alijah Holder, the Stanford secondary will be able to contain the Colorado passing game. Running the ball for the Buffaloes will be Phillip Lindsay. Lindsay had a breakout game last week versus Arizona State, but, the Sun Devils don’t have the greatest defense. Prior to Arizona State, Lindsay was by no means dominating. The Colorado offense is good, but Stanford has stopped tougher teams this year.
Christian McCaffrey is questionable again heading into Saturday. Hopefully, he’ll suit up, but if doesn’t, Bryce Love will get another start. Let’s assume McCaffrey sits. It’s an issue but not a huge one. With Love running the ball, Stanford started to show better offensive production despite only scoring once versus Notre Dame, but if McCaffrey does play, the McLovin’ backfield will lead the attack. Meanwhile, the Colorado defense is pretty solid but definitely beatable; Michigan scored 45 on Colorado, and Oregon scored 38 without their best player Royce Freeman. However against bad teams, Colorado has completely shut down opposing offenses. Stanford needs to show the nation that they’re not one of those bad offenses.
This will be a very close game. Stanford has the advantage on defense but the disadvantage on offense. Ultimately, Stanford will hold Colorado to under twenty one points, so the Stanford offense will need to step up. By now, Stanford must’ve figured out a game plan on offense to score at least three touchdowns. Stanford wins 24-17.
Tune in Saturday on PAC-12 Networks at 12 PT.
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