2019 Stanford Cardinals College Football Preview
The 2018 Stanford Cardinals finished with a record of 9-4 after beating the Pittsburgh Panthers 14-13 in the Sun Bowl.
They had higher expectations than that, as they had a lot of returning starters from the 2017 team including preseason front runner for the Heisman Trophy in running back Bryce Love but due to injuries as well as the defense keying in on stopping Love on the ground they took a step back and failed to live up to the preseason hype.
The Stanford Cardinals offense last season switched from a run-oriented team to more of a balanced team and saw their offensive stats decrease last season.
They averaged 28.38 points per game which was below the 29.59 average for the rest of college football. They averaged 107.92 rushing yards per game which was below the 176.73 average for the rest of college football. They averaged 273.08 passing yards per game which was above the 230.12 average for the rest of college football.
The defense of the Cardinals was still an above average defense, but they were not as good as we are accustomed to seeing. The Cardinals allowed an average of 22.92 points per game which was below the 29.59 average for the rest of college football.
They allowed an average of 146.08 rushing yards per game which was below the 176.73 average for the rest of college football. They allowed an average of 264 passing yards per game which was above the 230.12 average for the rest of college football.
The offense took a step back as well as their defense, but they still finished with a record of 9-4 and 3rd in the Pac-12 North. They lost a lot of starters coming into this year and we will take a look at both the offense and defense of the Cardinals as well as give our prediction on how we look for Stanford to finish this year. Let’s start by looking at their offense.
The Stanford Cardinals will have one of the most inexperienced offenses in college football and they will be returning three of their starters along their offensive lines and will have KJ Costello starting at quarterback who looks like one of the best quarterbacks in the Pac-12 entering the season.
They lost a lot of experience at the other positions on offense including Bryce Love who had been the starter for the last few seasons and was arguably their best player in 2017 before taking a step back in 2018.
Their biggest loss comes at WR though as they lost three of their top receivers and only return Colby Parkinson who should be another top tight end at the position known for producing tight ends.
The Stanford Defense was an above average defense last season but this year they are only returning five starters from last season. The defense is young as they only have one senior starting as well as six juniors the rest are either sophomore or freshmen.
The defense lacks the experience that most talented defenses have and as a result they are likely to take a step back again this season on defense especially early on in the season but as the year continues, I look for the defense to be one of the most improved from the start of the season to the end of the season.
2019 Stanford Outlook
The 2019 Stanford team lacks the experience to be a great team, but the good thing is that they will only face one team on the road in conference play that had a winning record last season. They will take a couple of lumps early in the season because of the learning curve they will have to overcome most notably on defense with only five returning players.
Given the inexperience of the team I don’t think they will have as good of a team as we are used to seeing from Stanford. I look for the under 6.5 to be the way to go with the team.
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