- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

No. 9 Stanford (7-1, 6-0 Pac-12, No. 11 CFP) at Colorado (4-5, 1-4), 1 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

Line: Stanford by 16.

Series Record: Stanford leads 5-3.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Stanford takes a seven-game winning streak into Folsom Field. The Cardinal also represent the best chance for the league to earn a College Football Playoff spot. Can’t get caught overlooking Colorado, though, with home games against Oregon, Cal and Notre Dame looming. The Buffaloes played Arizona and Oregon tough at home before fading at the finish.

KEY MATCHUP

Stanford’s defense against Colorado QB Sefo Liufau, who’s been sacked 21 times this season. Liufau needs 232 yards passing to break Cody Hawkins’ all-time school mark of 7,409 yards (set from 2007-10). Stanford’s defense is allowing 223.5 yards passing per game.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Stanford: Kevin Hogan can move past Andrew Luck as the school’s all-time winningest starting QB. Hogan is 31-9. He ranks first in the nation in yards per completion (14.3).

Colorado: WR Nelson Spruce became the league’s all-time leader in catches last weekend. He’s hauled in 267 passes over his career, which surpassed the mark held by Arizona’s Mike Thomas (259 receptions from 2005-08).

FACTS & FIGURES

Stanford’s seven-game winning streak is its longest since 2012. … Hogan is first Stanford QB to rush for more than 1,000 yards in his career. … LB Blake Martinez is averaging 11.4 tackles per game, which leads the league. … Last regular-season road game for the Cardinal as they finish with three straight home contests. … RB Christian McCaffrey grew up in Denver. He’s averaging a nation-best 244.3 all-purpose yards this season. … Colorado has dropped 20 straight games to ranked teams. Last win versus ranked team was Oct. 17, 2009, when Buffs beat Kansas at home. … The Buffaloes have been outscored 96-7 by Stanford in two games since joining the Pac-12 in 2011. … Colorado set a Pac-12 record by running 114 plays in a 35-31 loss at UCLA last weekend.


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