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4-3, 4th in Pac 12 - North

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Another difference from Stanford's previous midseason QB change: According to David Shaw, Keller Chryst has a much more expanded knowledge of the playbook now than Kevin Hogan had then. He gave no indication that Stanford might simplify its playbook like it did in 2012.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

David Shaw told me that this is the first time all year Stanford has known Christian McCaffrey and Bryce Love are fully healthy early in the week. Because of that, the Cardinal should be able to utilize both in tandem more against Arizona.

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What's wrong with Pac-12's powers?

When Stanford dropped out of the AP poll two weeks ago, it was the first time since 1999 that neither Stanford, USC nor Oregon were ranked, per the Pac-12. Ivan Maisel's notes

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

There is a bit symmetry between this and Stanford's 2012 QB change, but also many differences. Four years ago, the Cardinal replaced the struggling Josh Nunes with Kevin Hogan. But back then, Stanford's run game was still performing decently well. This time, they've been held to under 3 YPC in three of four games.

Ted Miller ESPN Staff Writer 

Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez isn't saying who will start at quarterback against Stanford on Saturday, but he's happy that he finally has some options, as both two-year starter Anu Solomon and his backup Brandon Dawkins should be available to play. Solomon started the opener against BYU, but then suffered a knee injury in practice. Dawkins started the next five games before suffering a concussion against Utah on Oct. 8, forcing true freshman Khalil Tate into action against USC. The Wildcats were off last weekend. Rodriguez intimated that both Solomon and Dawkins are likely to play. "They've been able to practice fully this week," Rodriguez said. Arizona also has been hit hard by injuries at running back, as starter Nick Wilson apparently will be out for some time due to a knee injury. Receiver Samajie Grant has moved to running back and is listed as a co-starter with Zach Green.

Stanford says excess blame was unfairly directed at Ryan Burns (1:23)

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Stanford WR Trent Irwin says excess blame was unfairly directed at Ryan Burns, who has been replaced by Keller Chryst as starting QB. Irwin, like coach David Shaw, emphasized that the entire Cardinal offense has been failing -- not just the QB position.

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From the Ridonculous Stats Department

Since Week 3, Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen has scored the same amount of touchdowns as Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey -- and for the record, that's two TDs. Flipping the field

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Oregon ranks no. 126 nationally in scoring defense. Stanford ranks no. 126 nationally in scoring offense. There are 128 total teams. There's some impressive symmetry in the fall of the Pac-12's two former kings.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

For more context: Stanford was a bit more balanced from the shotgun last year (43% rush), but actually more predictable from under center (87% rush). And they led all Power 5 teams in points per drive with that 2015 offense. The under center number especially points to the dominance of that Stanford offensive line, which lost its three best pieces.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Stanford ran snaps from under center 46% of the time in 2015. That's down to 35% of the time in 2016, and likely a result of a new QB and an offensive line that's worse in pass protection. Still, there is big-time predictability here, as the Cardinal have run the ball 81% of the time when under center.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Opponents have now said they know what Stanford plays are coming multiple times, so ESPN Stats and Info looked into some numbers for me: Stanford is only passing on 19% percent of snaps they take from under center, but passing on 61% of snaps they take from the shotgun.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Colorado's DBs openly told the media that they knew what play Stanford was going to run on the game-ending INT. "Right before the play, Chido Awuzie told me the route," Tedric Thompson said. "Right before the play, Chido called my name and told me the route he was going to run."

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Just last year, Stanford was the top Power 5 offense in the nation -- by a wide margin -- when it came to offensive points per drive (3.58). This year, Washington leads the nation with 3.88 points per drive. The Cardinal have tumbled all the way down to 1.56 OPD.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Stanford has averaged under 3 yards per rush 3 times in the last 4 games. That happened only 3 times total in the previous 8 seasons.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Number of players to score a TD this season: Alabama defense 7, Stanford offense 3 (ESPN Stats and Info)

Team Stats

Passing Yards160.1117th
Rushing Yards139.0104th
Points For17.0126th
Points Against20.323rd

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