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2016 Schedule
9-3, 3rd in Pac 12 - North

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Tribe Called Quest & your "silver lining" on the election. Yes I'll send you the books he doesn't burn ...

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Top 10 plays from the 2016 Pac-12 season

Let's take a look back at the exciting, quirky, leaping, field-reversing and one-handed plays that stood out in the Pac-12 season.

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Christian McCaffrey helped transform Stanford into a program with elite speed and athleticism, and that may be the most significant part of his longer term impact. The Cardinal were known as a rugged-yet-plodding team before him, but that perception is outdated now -- especially with speedster Bryce Love as McCaffrey's heir apparent.

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Champ Drive: McCaffrey Making The Right Call

Ryan McGee, Chris Low and Brad Edwards discuss Christian McCaffrey's decision to turn pro and explain that while it's a tough call, McCaffrey is making the right choice.

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Pac-12's 10 best games of 2016

These were the most surprising, the most entertaining -- the games that made you want to rewatch the highlights almost immediately.

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Stanford strength coach Shannon Turley with some thoughts on Christian McCaffrey's lasting impact.

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Video of Christian McCaffrey making his NFL Draft statement.

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"Bryce Love will be one of the most dynamic running backs in college football... he tries to emulate Christian," Shaw said of next year's featured Stanford back. The Cardinal also expect Cameron Scarlett's playing time to increase.

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"I would be surprised if [Christian McCaffrey] isn't taken in the first round," Stanford coach David Shaw

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Shaw says McCaffrey compares to LeSean McCoy, LaDainian Tomlinson, Marshall Faulk, and Reggie Bush

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"Vision, quickness, toughness, physical speed, and the ability to finish tackles... there are a lot of teams right now that are licking their chops on a guy who is a Swiss Army knife of a human being," David Shaw says of Christian McCaffrey

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Christian McCaffrey put up "the best singular year in college football history -- without debate" in 2015, David Shaw said.

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"I think it's a good decision for Christian McCaffrey," Stanford coach David Shaw. "It's a financial decision -- can he raise his stock? The answer is no."

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Christian McCaffrey "has no idea" where he might go in the NFL Draft. He didn't consult scouts to help make his decision; only his father Ed McCaffrey and Stanford coach David Shaw, plus a few former players including Toby Gerhart. He did not consult John Elway.

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"I'm ready to go." - Christian McCaffrey on his decision to enter the NFL Draft.

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One can draw many parallels between Christian McCaffrey and NBA MVP Steph Curry. Both have fathers who were professional athletes, both have revered work ethics, both have heard the "too small" criticism, both are known for magician's-like play in their respective sports, and both have made a mockery of the record books. Now, they'll have one more thing in common: McCaffrey will join Curry as a professional athlete.

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Moving forward, Bryce Love is expected to replace Christian McCaffrey as Stanford's featured back. Love showed he was already ready for that role in 2016.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

College football won't lose the McCaffrey family. Just as Christian McCaffrey leaves to the NFL, his younger brother will enter college. QB Dylan McCaffrey will play for former Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh at Michigan, and Luke McCaffrey is just two years behind him.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

College football has enjoyed a transcendent talent in Christian McCaffrey. He's racked up over 2,000 more all-purpose yards than any other player over the past two years and has shown unprecedented versatility. This year, McCaffrey showed he can also be a great short yardage back -- and that likely sealed his early-pick NFL Draft ticket.

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Christian McCaffrey will finish his Communication degree at Stanford. "I don't know when, but I will finish," he said. "As soon as my career takes shape, I'll figure out a plan. Stanford does a great job of encouraging former players to return and graduate."

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

New Oregon coach Willie Taggart is part of the growing Jim Harbaugh coaching tree. Taggart coached running backs under Harbaugh at Stanford from 2007-2009. He's credited with developing Heisman runner-up Toby Gerhart. The Ducks obviously place great emphasis on running backs.

Team Stats

Passing Yards158.5116th
Rushing Yards215.634th
Points For26.4Tied-84th
Points Against20.217th

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