Stanford vs. Colorado prediction roundtable with the Campus Insiders staff. Breaking down what will happen in Saturday’s battle between the Cardinal and Buffaloes.
Colorado is preparing as if a healthy Christian McCaffrey will play Saturday. I’m writing my round table segment as if he’s playing, too. The Buffaloes are the sexy pick here partly because of Philip Lindsay’s 200-yard day against an Arizona State defense that would let hobbled colleague Brian Stultz gain at least 50 yards rushing on crutches. The Cardinal have struggled, but they’re going to get back into the win column here.
Christian McCaffrey is feeling much better than he did a week ago, but we still have absolutely no idea if he’s going to be able to strap up the pads on Saturday. But you know what, I’m tossing the papers in the air and going all in here. I’ve been picking Stanford all season, and I’m finally giving in. Phillip Lindsay has been running the ball well, and he’ll crack double-digit touchdowns on the season in this matchup. He’ll sniff out the end zone twice, and Sefo Liufau will return to his early season form in an upset win over Stanford. I mean, the Cardinal is only a two-point favorite anyway, but I’m still calling it an upset.
Will star Cardinal Christian McCaffrey play? Will it matter? McCaffrey was ineffective in losses to Washington and Washington State because Stanford was losing in the trenches, and he was held out of the Notre Dame game with a leg injury. Quarterback Ryan Burns is going to have to have a big game even if McCaffrey does play. Bryce Love was solid filling in for McCaffrey last week against Notre Dame, but it will be a chore for the Cardinal defense to contain Buffaloes quarterback Sefo Liufau and running back Phillip Lindsay. The Colorado offense is No. 13 in the FBS at 515.3 yards per game, and it’s just going to be too much for the Stanford defense to overcome even on The Farm.
All of the sudden Stanford is losing in the trenches. I know the Cardinal beat a bad Notre Dame team in South Bend, but after Washington State ran all over Stanford, it’s time to re-think its identity. That’s where Colorado running back Phillip Lindsay comes in. He rushed for more than 200 yards and three touchdowns against Arizona State. Colorado’s dream season continues with a big win over the Stanford.
Colorado hasn’t been this excited about its football team for a long time. I bet Chris Fowler is jumping up and down cheering for his Buffaloes. I would be happy for him, but he’s a Chelsea fan in the English Premier League, which is the equivalent of cheering for Ivan Drago in Rocky IV. The Buffaloes win this one.