The Stanford Cardinal (1-4) will visit the Colorado Buffaloes (4-2) on Friday night. Stanford is amid a four-game slide, most recently getting blown out by the Oregon Ducks 42-6. The Cardinal allowed 506 yards to the Ducks in defeat. Meanwhile, Colorado edged Arizona State 27-24 in last Saturday’s win. The Buffaloes hit a 42-yard field goal with 18 seconds in regulation to take the lead for good.
Stanford Cardinal vs. Colorado Buffaloes Odds and Match Details
- Fixture: Stanford Cardinal @ Colorado Buffaloes
- Date and Time: October 13, 2023 at 10:00 p.m.
- Location: Folsom Field, Boulder, CO
- Weather Forecast: Sunny, 54 Degrees
- Field Surface: Natural Grass
Stanford Cardinal vs. Colorado Buffaloes Injury Report
Stanford Cardinal Injuries
- John Humphreys (WR): Undisclosed: DOUBTFUL
- Ashton Daniels (QB)-Head: QUESTIONABLE
Colorado Buffaloes Injuries
- Travis Hunter (WR/DB)-Abdomen: PROBABLE
- Alton McCaskill (RB)-Undisclosed: PROBABLE
- Louis Passarello (TE)-Knee: OUT
Stanford Cardinal Key Stats
The Stanford Cardinal have scored just 19.2 points per game this season. The passing offense has been brutal, with the Cardinal completing 55% of their passes for 194.8 passing yards per game. Quarterbacks Ashton Daniels and Justin Lamson have thrown three touchdowns against three picks over the team’s first five games. They have not thrown a touchdown over their past ten quarters of football. Stanford also averages just 3.8 yards per rush attempt. The Cardinal place in the bottom third of the Pac-12 in yards per game and yards per play but do a decent job in holding onto the football.
Stanford is worse on defense, allowing a Pac-12-high 34.6 points per game. Opposing passers have lit up their secondary, completing 69% of their passes for 306 yards per game. The front seven is much the same, allowing 4.8 rushing yards per attempt. The Cardinal is at the bottom of the conference in yards per play, and yards per game surrendered. Additionally, they are yet to recover a fumble this season.
Colorado Buffaloes Key Stats
The Colorado Buffaloes have scored 33.0 points per game this season, the sixth-highest average in the conference. Quarterback Shedeur Sanders headlines one of the best passing attacks in the country, throwing for 2,020 yards and 16 scores against two picks in six games. However, Colorado has been one-dimensional, averaging a conference-low 2.5 yards per rush attempt. Like Stanford, Colorado does an excellent job of not turning the ball over.
The Colorado defense has floundered, allowing 34.2 points per game. Opposing passers have had a field day against the Colorado secondary, completing 68% of their passes for nearly three touchdown passes per game. The Buffaloes also get gashed on the ground, coughing up 4.7 yards per rush attempt. However, they forced 2.0 turnovers per game.
The play in this Pac-12 tilt is the Colorado Buffaloes on the spread. Stanford has been brutal this season, specifically on defense and against the pass. Meanwhile, an extremely talented Colorado passing attack stands in the way of Stanford on Friday night. Meanwhile, the suspect Buffalo defense has an excellent chance to play slightly better against a bad Stanford offense. They already improved last week, holding the Arizona State Sun Devils to 24 points on the road. So, let’s roll with Colorado giving the points in this Friday showdown.