This is all about K.J. Costello.
Stanford hasn’t been all that bad lately with wins in three of its last four games. The loss to UCLA wasn’t pretty, but beating Oregon State in Corvallis is better than it seems, and the win over Washington was terrific.
But last week, Costello was finally back under center and the offense looked totally different.
The Arizona defense might be abysmal, but getting back a senior NFL-caliber quarterback made a huge difference. He he over 70% of his passes for 322 yards and three scores in the 41-31 win, and now he and the Cardinal get to blast away on a flailing Colorado team.
The Buffs had their moment against USC a few weeks ago, and blew it. They lost by four, making it six losses in the last seven games – all of them by more than three points – with the one aberration an interesting road win at Arizona State.
This is still a banged up Stanford team, but if Costello is on, it won’t matter.