After a close call in a 24-17 win over Washington State last week, the Stanford Cardinal will be looking to extend their winning streak to three games on Saturday when they take on the 1-7 Colorado Buffaloes.
This will likely be one of the easier games this season for the Cardinal, who enter the game as heavy favorites over a Colorado squad that remains at the bottom of the Pac-12 standings.
Running back Stefan Taylor, who has rushed for at least 120 yards in each of the last four games, should continue his success on the ground against the conference’s most permeable run defense.
Josh Nunes will look to compliment Taylor’s ground attack by getting into a groove early in the passing game. He should have plenty of opportunities to throw the ball around considering the fact that Colorado has only recorded 14 sacks this season.
As usual, Stanford’s tight ends Zach Ertz and Levine Toilolo, who are both matchup nightmares, should see plenty of targets against the Buffaloes’ pass defense that has allowed 301 passing yards per game in 2012.
On the other side of the ball, Stanford’s run defense remains elite, allowing only 65 rushing yards per game (second in the nation only to Alabama). Colorado running backs Christian Powell and Tony Jones will likely have a rough day against the Cardinal front seven.
The secondary is coming off of back-to-back games against elite receivers in Cal’s Keenan Allen and Washington State’s Marquess Wilson. Even if Colorado had a receiving threat on that level, Stanford has faired well against even the most lethal passing attacks in the conference so far this season.
The game kicks off at 11:00 on Saturday. Look for the Cardinal to push for their third straight win over the Buffaloes at that time.