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Colorado vs. Stanford 11/14/2020 College Football Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The Colorado visits Stanford on 11/14/2020 at 3:30PM.

Colorado and Stanford face off in an important game for both teams as every game in this shortened season with limited or no fans in attendance means more. Colorado has a record of 1-0 this season. Stanford is 0-1 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Colorado Team Defense Preview

Colorado has had 14 total defensive drives this season and they yield 4.36 plays per drive. Relatively speaking, Colorado is not a team that allows many plays per drive. This defense either gives up big plays quickly or induces a lot of three-and-outs, we shall find out more. Opponents face third and long situations a lot against this defense. This is a defense that forces opponents to commit penalties, have compromised offensive line play, and fail to convert on crunch possessions. Passing plays make up 65.57% of their opponents’ play calls.They are a team that faces a lot of Air Raid Offenses.

Colorado opponents have struggled with running the ball and this defense has crushed the spirits of their opponents with zero or negative yard plays. 4th and Short is not a cake walk against this defense, maybe passing on 4th and Short or having some sort of RPO is the way to go here because if an Offensive Coordinator thinks that they can just line and run a Quarterback Sneak or hand it off to a tailback, they are mistaken. Opponent rushing yards attributed to their offensive line this season comes out to 3.08 yards per carry. Generally speaking, this is an average defense when it comes to how offensive lines control or fail to control them on the ground. Running backs should look forward to this porous defense filled with poor tacklers who take terrible angles. Long breakout runs against this Defense are far too common. This is a very porous rushing defense that is incapable of preventing a situation where their safeties chase down a running back or quarterback.

Colorado has made the turnover belt, chain, pads, lunch pail or whatever gimmick they use change hands a lot. This is a Defense that causes pure aggravation. Getting more specific, this front seven is a cause of a lot of headaches for offenses. They may be good enough to cause trouble in pass rush with just four rushers!Colorado is better at stopping the run than the pass this season.

Colorado Team Offense Preview

Colorado has had 16 drives in non-garbage time minutes and they average 5.69 plays per drive. Colorado runs a lot of plays per drive and this could wear an opposing defense down. Colorado has shown a capability to be explosive on first and second down to avoid third downs and has converted well (relatively) on 3rd and 4th Down situations. Colorado passes the football 37.36% of the time.They favor running the ball as opposed airing it out.

On first downs, getting ahead of the chains is crucial and running the ball well on first down can get a team there, Colorado has done a good job avoiding the negative yardage rushing plays. Based on the Adjusted Line Yards metric, which measures the amount of credit that should be ascribed to the offensive line for a rushing play, they average 2.93 yards per carry. Generally speaking, this is an average offensive line as far as their ability to set up the running game. This is also a team that is getting to the second-level in an average fashion. Offensive line and running backs are average in this regard. The breakout rushing plays are simply not happening, it is a massive reach to expect this team to bust out big rushing plays.

Colorado has bullied and controlled defenses this season, defenses have not been able to dictate what this offense is able to do to them. Opponents should consider a containment strategy. Colorado is among the best in the country at keeping defensive front sevens at bay. Opposing defenses need their secondary players to step up and cause trouble in order for this Offense to be disrupted. Colorado has shown themselves to be a better running team than passing team this season.

Stanford Team Defense Preview

Stanford has had 9 defensive drives in non-garbage time minutes and they yield 6.78 plays per drive. The struggle is real. Stanford cannot find a way to get opposing offenses off the field. Three and outs are not common and if the team needs a three-and-out late in a game to get the ball back, it is just not happening.Offensives should lick their lips given their inability to stop anyone, this is one of the worst defenses in the country. The Defensive Coordinator coaching search threads on Stanford message boards are flights of fantasy. Passing plays make up 39.34% of their opponents’ play calls.Their opponents favor running the ball as opposed airing it out.

Defenses want to stop offenses from getting into a 3rd Down where the options are plentiful. Unfortunately, this defense is too porous to limit those choices. Opponent rushing yards attributed to their offensive line this season comes out to 3.95 yards per carry. Sorry to say this about this front seven, but the best way to make an average offensive line look good is for them to face this horrid front seven. Running backs should look forward to this porous defense filled with poor tacklers who take terrible angles. Long breakout runs against this Defense are far too common. This is a very porous rushing defense that is incapable of preventing a situation where their safeties chase down a running back or quarterback.

This is not a disruptive Defense and they get pushed over way too easily. Perhaps they are too vanilla with playcalling. This front seven is simply unable to make an impact, something must change or else the problems will repeat. Stanford is better at stopping the run than the pass this season.

Stanford Team Offense Preview

Stanford has had 10 total drives this season and they generate 5.5 plays per drive. There is not much to take away here when it comes to how many plays per drive they run, but they are a team that falls in the average window when it comes to plays per drive. Struggles to get ahead of the chains and convert on third and fourth down are common, the offense can stagnate. Stanford passes the football 45.45% of the time.Relatively speaking, this is a team that favors run/pass balance.

Stanford struggles with running the ball, getting zero or negative yard plays is disspiriting and the offensive line is not effectively making a good push. Poor playcalling, pre-snap adjustments or post-snap reads may be responsible and this could fall on the Quarterback, Offensive Coordinator, and Head Coach. Based on the Adjusted Line Yards metric, which measures the amount of credit that should be ascribed to the offensive line for a rushing play, they average 3.01 yards per carry. Generally speaking, this is an average offensive line as far as their ability to set up the running game. When it comes to getting to that second level where linebackers have not crashed down on the line of scrimmage, they are getting stopped with ease. They have an explosive running game and they are capable of breaking big yardage runs on First and Second Down. This puts a lot of pressure on Linebackers and Safeties.

Stanford has bullied and controlled defenses this season, defenses have not been able to dictate what this offense is able to do to them. Opponents should consider a containment strategy. Stanford is among the best in the country at keeping defensive front sevens at bay. Opposing defenses need their secondary players to step up and cause trouble in order for this Offense to be disrupted. Stanford is a better passing team than running team this season.

The Colorado Roster

The Players to Watch for Colorado

Sam Noyer QB 6-4 220

This season, Sam Noyer has put up 257 yards and 1 touchdowns. He has thrown 0 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 144.8thus far this season. Sam Noyer has thrown 0 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Sam Noyer has 64.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 73.67 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 13.0 times this season, which puts him in the 55.16 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 1.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Jarek Broussard RB 5-9 185

This season, Jarek Broussard has 187 rushing yards on 31 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 3 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Jarek Broussard picked up 21 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 2 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Dimitri Stanley WR 5-11 195

This season, Dimitri Stanley picked up 66 yards. He caught the ball 6 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Na’im Rodman DT 6-2 295

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Colorado, Na’im Rodman has 0 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 0 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 27.14 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 35.43 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Mustafa Johnson DE 6-2 290

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Colorado, Mustafa Johnson has 2 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 2 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 71.42 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 1 times this season, which put him in the 72.46 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Derrion Rakestraw S 6-2 200

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Colorado, Derrion Rakestraw had 6 tackles which puts him in the 40.43 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 34.52 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Derrion Rakestraw as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes last season, which puts him in the 40.1 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

Christian Gonzalez CB 6-2 200

Considered the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Colorado, Christian Gonzalez had 5 tackles which puts him in the 38.81 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 37.12 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Christian Gonzalez as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes last season, which puts him in the 38.98 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

The Stanford Roster

The Players to Watch for Stanford

Jack West QB 6-4 215

This season, Jack West has put up 154 yards and 0 touchdowns. He has thrown 0 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 136.5thus far this season. Jack West has thrown 0 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Jack West has 1.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 30.43 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 1.0 times this season, which puts him in the 10.14 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 0.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Austin Jones RB 5-10 201

This season, Austin Jones has 100 rushing yards on 20 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 2 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Austin Jones picked up 22 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 2 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Simi Fehoko WR 6-4 227

This season, Simi Fehoko picked up 88 yards. He caught the ball 3 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Thomas Booker DE 6-4 310

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Stanford, Thomas Booker has 3 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 1 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 54.21 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 32.91 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Malik Antoine S 5-11 197

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Stanford, Malik Antoine had 4 tackles which puts him in the 30.24 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 34.52 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Malik Antoine as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes last season, which puts him in the 40.1 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

Ethan Bonner CB 6-1 190

Considered the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Stanford, Ethan Bonner had 5 tackles which puts him in the 38.81 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 37.12 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Ethan Bonner as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes last season, which puts him in the 38.98 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

Colorado vs. Stanford Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Colorado 25 Stanford 35

Spread Pick: Stanford -7.5 -145 matchbook
Moneyline Pick: Stanford -313 SportsInteraction
Total Pick: Over 54 -114 Pinnacle Sports