Stanford Cardinal running back Christian McCaffrey will start against the Colorado Buffaloes. After being held out of practice this week, last year’s Heisman runner-up avoids missing consecutive games for the first time in his career. The Cardinal gathered a 17-10 comeback win against Notre Dame last week without McCaffrey. He suffered an undisclosed injury in the second half of a 42-16 blowout loss vs. Washington State two weeks ago.
McCaffrey had played 30 straight games before being ruled out last week with the injury. He gained 220 total yards in last year’s 42-10 rout of CU, including a 28-yard touchdown pass. Stanford’s all-purpose yardage leader has struggled this season with a total of 674 yards and four touchdowns. Even with McCaffrey in the lineup, Stanford remains a 2 point favorite at home against Colorado. The Buffs have not defeated the Cardinal since joining the Pac-12.
In other great news Alijah Holder will also return to action after missing the last three games. Both Washington and Washington State were able to capitalize on Stanford missing both elite corners Quenton Meeks and Alijah Holder. Meeks returned last week against Notre Dame and returned an interception for a touchdown while leading the Stanford defense to shutting down the normally impressive Notre Dame offense for just 10 points.
With Holder’s return the entire defense should see a significant improvement. With the secondary at full strength passing the ball will become much for difficult for Colorado QB Sefo Liufau. With both shut down corners in the game the Stanford defense can commit more guys to winning the line of scrimmage.
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