Check out the Colorado vs. Stanford fearless prediction and game preview.
Colorado (5-2) vs. Stanford (4-2) Game Preview
Date: Saturday, Oct. 22
Game Time: 3:00 pm
Venue: Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CA
Network: Pac-12 Network
Stanford is still in the Pac-12 race, but it needs a whole lot of help. At the very least, even at 4-2, it’s still in the hunt for the Rose Bowl if Washington goes off to the College Football Playoff. But first, the Cardinal have to find more of an offense despite its star hurting, and they’ve got to show off just enough firepower to prove they can keep up with a real offense.
USC wasn’t the USC it is now when the two played back in mid-September, and Washington and Washington State exposed Stanford’s lack of a downfield passing game.
Colorado has the potential to do the same.
While Stanford is looking for a good bowl game, the Buffs are still deep in the hunt for the Pac-12 South championship with three of their last four games at home and the lone remaining road trip at Arizona.
Just when they started to struggle a bit with the loss at USC, they came back roaring against a hobbled Arizona State with the offense firing on all cylinders and the defense proving it could shut down just about anyone’s passing game.
But can Colorado get down, dirty and physical? It’s not a fair sample, but they couldn’t do much against the Michigan offense on the road when they got pounded on. Stanford has to at least give it a try.
The Cardinal have just five touchdown passes on the year, and most of the throws and completions are the dinking and dunking kind. They need to pound away with the running game no matter who’s in the backfield. Christian McCaffrey is supposedly better, but Bryce Love proved last week he could handle the workload, tearing off 129 yards in the win over Notre Dame.
But Colorado is the absolute real deal, and it’s about to show it again.
Sefo Liufau continues to be fantastic when he’s able to get on the field, hitting Arizona State hard for 265 yards on a 23-of-31 day. That, combined with the turnover issues – Stanford is unStanford-like ranking 112th in the nation in turnover margin – will be enough to get through the tough road game.
The Buffs won’t explode like Washington and Washington State did against the Cardinal, but the offense will be steady, balanced, and will get what it needs out of the defense to stay alive in the Pac-12 chase.
Colorado vs. Stanford Prediction
Final Score: Colorado 27, Stanford 23
Line: Stanford -2, o/u: 49.5
ATS Confidence: 5: Cash in the 401k – 1: Broke College Athlete: Anything Helps … 3
Must See Rating: 5: Phi Slama Jama – 1: Kevin Can Wait … 4