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Speaking of the NIT, the defending champion Cardinal got the most difficult draw possible in their return to New York (Brooklyn this time, not Madison Square Garden) for the Tip-Off version of the event—2015 NCAA No. 1 seed Villanova. That's trouble for a Stanford outfit that's not as talented as last season's version, which ultimately was a disappointment after 2014's Sweet 16 run. Even with a game against an NAIA team, Stanford's home schedule features some quality—Texas, SMU, and Green Bay all visit. However, Johnny Dawkins' team might have to sweep that home slate to have a legitimate chance of earning an at-large this season, a result that's likely necessary to keep Dawkins employed.

2015-16 College Basketball Non-Conference Schedules: The Pac-12 - Blogging the Bracket

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"Plays like that happen in every game this year, where he takes control, and makes a play either with his arm or with his legs," said Shaw, Stanford’s Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football, who explained there are layers to simply changing a play.

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McCaffrey Tied the Record Before Halftime 103 rushing yards before even halftime makes for McCaffrey’s seventh consecutive game with 100+ yards. Ties Toby Gerhart’s streak for longest in Stanford history.

Stanford vs Colorado Game Thread: Cardinal tries to stay undefeated in Pac-12 play - Rule Of Tree

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This is a bad matchup for Colorado. Outside of a hiccup last week at Washington State, Stanford has been rolling winning their last six matchups by an average of 21.3 points. And they only have to cover 16.5 against Colorado. Here’s your weekly reminder that this Buffalo team lost to Hawaii in week one. I touched on that bad matchup and here it is. We all know Stanford likes to run the football. Well Colorado can’t stop the run giving up on average 201.6 yards per game good for the 101st best rushing defense in the country. Stanford has a top 20 rushing offense and one of the best running backs outside of Leonard Fournette in Christian McCaffrey. I like Stanford to blowout Colorado.

Nate's Eight Week 10 - Cowboys Ride For Free

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"They play really, really hard," Shaw said. "They play the way you want your teams to play. Whatever mistakes you make, they’re going to capitalize. They’re very aggressive defensively. Offensively, they play up-tempo and, if you’re not lined up, the ball’s going to get snapped and somebody might be open. There might be a gap unaccounted for. You have to be ready every single play."

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Elo ratings are a little different, however. Instead of being designed to maximize predictive accuracy — we have FPI for that — they’re designed to mimic how humans rank the teams instead.4 Their parameters are set so as to place a lot of emphasis on strength of schedule and especially on recent "big wins," because that’s what human voters have historically done too.

Here’s How Our College Football Playoff Predictions Work | FiveThirtyEight

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"Kevin Hogan has got so much heart,’’ Stanford head coach David Shaw said, via SF Gate. "He’s such a fighter. I couldn’t be more proud of him. Not everything was working, and we had to lean on him as a runner. We won this game because of his heart."

Pac-12 North Notebook: Kevin Hogan can lead Stanford to the College Football Playoff | FOX Sports

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The Washington State linemen jamming the box, limiting McCaffrey to only 51 rushing yards in the first half, were definitely Stanford’s greatest obstacle. Hogan was then forced to use his arm, which was a problem itself, because Hogan’s not out there to throw 60 passes a game like Wazzu quarterback Luke Falk.

Roundtable: What went wrong against Wazzu? | Stanford Daily

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Stanford-Colorado is not a matchup rich with history. In fact, outside of the games played in 2011 and 2012, the last time these teams played each other was in 1993.

Last three meetings: Stanford vs. Colorado | Stanford Daily

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McCaffrey said. "I can't wait. I'm extremely excited for this game. I love Colorado. That's home for me. Anytime you get to go back home, it's something special."

Stanford football: McCaffrey goes back home - San Jose Mercury News