Stanford-101

Nov 24, 2021
(Photo by Brian Murphy/Icon Sportswire)

Stanford is 3-9.  Five weeks into the season they had the look of a dangerous team after they took out then #3 ranked Oregon, 31-24 in overtime, and stood at 3-2.   And then the wheels feel off.  Since then they have lost 6 straight, including a 41-11 beat down at the hands of Cal last week. 

6-6, 228 lb Sophomore Tanner McKee leads the offense.  He is a 64% passer and has thrown for 2100 yards and 14 TDs with 7 interceptions.  Sacked 22 times, he has managed just 26 yards on 56 attempts.

Going back for years it seems that Stanford always has a good tight end and this year that guy is Sophomore Benjamin Yurosek.  6-5, 232 pounds, Yurosek has 37 catches for 566 yards and 2 TDs. 6-3, 235-pound wide receiver Elijah Higgins is another big target and he leads the team in catches with 42 and has scored 4 TDs.

Juniors Austin Jones and Nathaniel Peat are both in the 5-10, 195 range and they have handled most of the load for a rushing attack that averages just 90.5 yards per game.  That ranks the Cardinal 126 nationally.

Defensively the Cardinal gives up 232 yards rushing per game,  and that ranks 127th nationally, along with that they give up 31.3 points per game, 97th nationally.  Brian Kelly this week singled out defensive end Thomas Booker and cornerback Kyu Blu Kelly as top threats.  Kelly has 10 passes defended and 2 interceptions, he is definitely on the NFL’s radar.

Historically David Shaw teams are well coached, physical and win a lot of football games. In 11 seasons at the helm Shaw is an impressive 93-44 and has been to three Rose Bowls winning twice.  But since 2019 the Cardinal is 11-18, and this year besides the 6-game losing streak, they are 121st in total offense and 109th in total defense.

Stanford’s win over a very good Oregon team certainly does not add up when you are looking at 3-6 team ranked so poorly in so many statistical categories.  In taking a look at that game, Tanner McKee while fighting through injury was able to keep Stanford in the game by tossing 3 TD passes and Oregon throw a key interception and committed a hundred yards in penalties.  McKee continues to struggle with injury but his performance is Stanford’s best hope for success against ND.

The Irish seemed locked in right now on taking care of business and they have been a pretty disciplined team, particularly since mid- season. Those factors will be important to keep Stanford from having another Oregon like effort and pulling the upset.

The Game kicks off at 8 PM (EDT) and TV coverage is on FOX.

The Irish are 19.5 point favorites and the over/under is 52.5

The FightingIrishPreview.com pick: Notre Dame 38 Stanford 13

By Phil Houk

For 25 years, bringing you the glory of Notre Dame football.

16 thoughts on “Stanford-101”
  1. I believe what you composed was very reasonable. But, consider this,
    suppose you composed a catchier post title? I
    ain’t suggesting your content isn’t good., but suppose you added a title that makes people desire more?
    I mean Stanford-101 – Fighting Irish Preview is kinda vanilla.
    You ought to look at Yahoo’s home page and note how they
    create post titles to get people to click. You might add a related video or a related pic or two to grab
    readers interested about everything’ve written. In my opinion, it could make your
    posts a little bit more interesting.

  2. I will immediately take hold of your rss feed as I can not
    to find your e-mail subscription link or e-newsletter service.
    Do you’ve any? Kindly permit me recognise in order that I may just
    subscribe. Thanks.

  3. Howdy! This post could not be written any better!

    Reading this post reminds me of my good old room mate!

    He always kept talking about this. I will forward
    this article to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read.
    Thank you for sharing!

  4. excellent post, very informative. I’m wondering why the opposite experts of this sector don’t notice this.You must proceed your writing. I am sure, you’ve a great readers’ base already!

  5. Good post. I learn something new and challenging on blogs I
    stumbleupon every day. It’s always interesting to read
    through articles from other writers and use a little
    something from their web sites.

Leave a Reply