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Stanford Cardinal vs. Colorado Buffaloes Preview and Predictions 11-09-2019


Stanford needs two wins in its final four games to become bowl eligible for the 11th straight season. The Cardinal is favored to get one of them Saturday when it visits struggling Colorado in Boulder.



Two weeks ago in its most recent game, Stanford bounced back from a 34-16 loss to UCLA by outlasting visiting Arizona 41-31. The game marked the return of senior quarterback K.J. Costello, who had missed the previous three contests with a thumb injury, but showed few signs of rust in completing 30-of-43 passes for 312 yards and three touchdowns against the Wildcats. "It doesn't feel good - it's awful," Costello said of his near month-long absence. "Not playing in a few weeks, I (had) to challenge myself in terms of energy." Colorado, meanwhile, has dropped five straight since a 3-1 start and is looking to right the ship Saturday in its annual homecoming contest.

TV: 3 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network. LINE: Stanford -3.5



ABOUT STANFORD (4-4, 3-3 Pac-12): Costello connected with 12 different receivers for completions versus Arizona, including 6-foot-4 wideout Simi Fehoko, who caught three for 97 yards and a pair of TDs. Senior running back Cameron Scarlett provided balance on the ground with 102 yards and a pair of scores on 19 carries and ranks fourth in the Pac-12 with an average of 87.5 rushing yards per contest on the season. Cornerback Paulson Adebo intercepted a pair of Wildcat passes to earn Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors and is tied for the conference lead with four picks on the year.

ABOUT COLORADO (3-6, 1-5): "I've talked to the coaches and the players," Buffs first-year coach Mel Tucker said Monday after practice. "We all understand what's required. We're going to have to do a better job coaching and a better job playing." Quarterback Steven Montez and the Colorado offense has sputtered of late after a hot start, scoring 14 or fewer points in three of its last four outings, including two TDs last Saturday in a 17-point road loss at UCLA. Despite a strong season from linebacker Nate Landman, who ranks second in the Pac-12 with 10.2 tackles per game, the injury-addled Colorado defense has been gashed from the get-go, giving up at least 30 points in all nine contests (14 straight overall) and ranking second-to-last in the conference in points (34.4 per game) and yards (480.1) allowed.



EXTRA POINTS

1. Stanford has won three of the four games since Colorado joined the Pac-12 in 2011, but the Buffs prevailed 10-5 on the road in the last meeting on Oct. 22, 2016.

2. Under coach David Shaw, the Cardinal has compiled a 25-7 record in the month of November.

3. Colorado is hoping to have leading rusher Alex Fontenot (78.1 yards) back after he missed the UCLA game with an unspecified injury.




Prediction

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Stadium

Folsom Field
Boulder, Colorado, USA.
Capacity: 53,613

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Last Injuries

Colorado Buffaloes

  • Alex Fontenot

    Ankle
    Prob Sat | probable

    Fontenot has an ankle injury, but it is expected that he will play Saturday versus Stanford.

  • K.J. Trujillo

    Knee
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Trujillo is battling a knee injury, and it is unknown if he will take the field against Stanford on Saturday.

Stanford Cardinal

  • K.J. Costello

    Undisclosed
    Doub Sat | doubtful

    Costello has an undefined injury, and he is unlikely to be available against Washington State on Saturday.

  • Tucker Fisk

    Undisclosed
    Out indefinitely | out

    Fisk will miss an extended period due to an unspecified injury.

  • Davis Mills

    Calf
    Prob Sat | probable

    Mills has missed the last two games due to a calf injury, but it is likely that he will line up versus Washington State on Saturday.

colorado-buffaloes-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Steven Montez 4 0 159.310 0 134 90 2 0 0 9 1164
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Alex Fontenot 4 0 298 0 67 4
Jaren Mangham 4 0 163 0 39 3
Laviska Shenault Jr. 4 0 66 0 9 1
Deion Smith 3 0 21 0 7 0
Steven Montez 4 0 16 0 17 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Tony Brown 4 0 301 0 19 0 4
K.D. Nixon 4 0 295 0 17 0 1
Laviska Shenault Jr. 4 0 226 0 17 0 2
Dimitri Stanley 4 0 110 0 11 0 1
Brady Russell 3 0 77 0 7 0 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Nate Landman 4 0 28 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mikial Onu 4 0 20 7 2 0 3 0 1 0 0 0
Delrick Abrams Jr. 4 0 19 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Aaron Maddox 3 0 17 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Davion Taylor 4 0 17 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 1
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
James Stefanou 4 0 6 6 44 18 17
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
K.D. Nixon 4 0 5 0 38 147
Laviska Shenault Jr. 4 0 1 0 54 54
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Brady Russell 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
K.D. Nixon 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Laviska Shenault Jr. 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Alex Fontenot 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Alex Kinney 4 0 0 771 0 63 17 0 0
Dimitri Stanley 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Jalen Harris 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Jaren Mangham 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
K.D. Nixon 4 0 2 0 6 10
Dimitri Stanley 4 0 1 0 9 9

stanford-cardinal-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Davis Mills 3 0 114.305 0 55 32 1 0 0 1 352
K.J. Costello 3 0 101.238 0 94 53 2 0 0 2 471
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Cameron Scarlett 4 0 321 0 70 1
Austin Jones 4 0 84 0 12 1
Dorian Maddox 4 0 42 0 14 0
Connor Wedington 4 0 30 0 3 0
K.J. Costello 3 0 5 0 14 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Connor Wedington 4 0 183 0 20 0 1
Michael Wilson 4 0 179 0 16 0 2
Colby Parkinson 4 0 178 0 17 0 0
Osiris St. Brown 3 0 98 0 8 0 0
Cameron Scarlett 4 0 88 0 10 0 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Casey Toohill 4 0 15 12 1 0 0 0 0 4 35 6
Andrew Pryts 4 0 13 9 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Kendall Williamson 4 0 13 7 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1
Paulson Adebo 4 0 11 7 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 0
Curtis Robinson 4 0 9 9 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 1
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Jet Toner 4 0 7 10 51 7 7
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Connor Wedington 4 0 7 0 60 213
Michael Wilson 4 0 3 0 19 51
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Austin Jones 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Cameron Scarlett 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Connor Wedington 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Davis Mills 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
K.J. Costello 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Michael Wilson 4 0 4 0 21 35
Michael Williams 3 0 2 0 6 9