Last season, Stanford was the team that really gave the 2015 Buffaloes a wake up call. Its 42-10 thrashing of CU (granted, the game was close for a longer-than-anticipated time) brought many people (probably players and coaches alike) back to Earth in terms of what the Buffs were capable of and their ability to win games. But gosh damn, has that gap closed this year. The Stanford Cardinal that I've done my best to keep a tab on in the last three weeks seems more than beatable. Mike MacIntyre said Saturday night that the win over ASU was "a breakthrough win." The win at Oregon could be dismissed as last-second luck. The win over Oregon State could be dismissed as an easy win over a weak conference team. But how do critics lessen this recent win over the ASU Sun Devils? The Buffs passed all over them. They ran all over them. Our defense pounded their offense in pretty much every way. That game was a major statement. The Buffs beat a first place team with a winning record. Onward to Stanford. As I mentioned, the last three weeks have reshaped my thinking on the capabilities of The Cardinal. On the year, Stanford is being outscored and outpassed by opponents. I was surprised by how thin a margin Stanford is out-rushing opponents. The Cardinal averages 4.2 yards per rush, opponents average 3.8. Stanford averages 146.7 yards on the ground per game, opponents average 125.7. Opposing offenses have run more plays, average more yards per play, average more yards per game and have scored more touchdowns that Stanford. At the end of the day, Stanford is a 4-2 team with unimpressive wins over Kansas State and UCLA. Stanford averages just 19 points per game. Christian McCaffrey did not play in Stanford's last game vs. Notre Dame. But in the preceding two weeks, against Wazzou and Washington he rushed 20 times for just 84 yards. I think a healthy McCaffrey inevitably will rush for 100 yards against Colorado, but I like the matchup I see. Stanford's quarterbacks (mostly Burns) have thrown just two TDs through the air in the last three weeks. They've tossed three picks during that time frame. To underestimate Christian McCaffrey would be unwise. Underestimating Stanford's offense as a whole might be another story. To beat Colorado, I think McCaffrey will have to bear a lot the weight for The Cardinal's offense. He needs to play like the 2015 runner-up Heisman winner Christian McCaffrey. I simply think that won't happen this Saturday. Stanford's offense will be too one-dimensional and too ineffective through the air, whereas the Sefo Liufau-led Colorado offense will look potent as ever. Phillip Lindsay could find himself in a position to steal the day from McCaffrey.