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Colorado Daily – Stanford

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    By Stuart

    Colorado Daily – Stanford
    October 27th
    Nick Hirschman to start against the Cardinal?
    Sophomore quarterback Nick Hirschman may his second career start when Colorado takes the field against Stanford this Saturday.
    Hirschman, who had an ill-fated first start on the road against Arizona State last season, played the final two drives of the first half, and all of the second half, against Oregon. In leading the Colorado offense in its only two scoring drives of the game (admittedly against second-string competition), Hirschman went 7-of-11 for 31 yards. Webb, prior to being replaced, went 7-of-16 for 64 yards.
    “We’ll take a look at that,” said CU head coach Jon Embree after the Oregon game, when asked about whether Hirschman would start. “He did some things that were decent. We’ve got to get better with some ball placement. We can help him out, too, by catching it.”
    And what about Connor Wood, the presumptive starter just three months ago, as the opening of fall camp loomed?
    “Nick is performing better right now than Connor,” said Embree. “That’s why we went with (Hirschman).”
    Colorado a 28-point underdog to Stanford
    Colorado will face its third straight top-15 team this Saturday, as the 6-2 Stanford Cardinal come to Boulder for Homecoming.
    And the Buffs will take the field as a 28-point underdog.
    While it may seem like a four-touchdown spread may not be enough for a team which has given up 50 or more points in four of its eight games, Stanford is different than USC and Oregon. The Cardinal wins its games with defense, not offense. Stanford is averaging a more modest 27 points per game, almost 27 points per game less than Oregon. Against Washington State last weekend, the Cardinal struggled at home, gaining only 256 yards of total offense. In fact, only twice this season has Stanford scored more than 24 points in a game.
    Still, these are the 2012 Buffs, and there is almost nothing – negative – which would come as a surprise at this point. In 21 games with Greg Brown as defensive coordinator, Colorado has given up 40 or more points 11 times. To date, Colorado has given up 368 points, or 46 points per game. The school record for futility in points allowed is 451, or 41 points per game, in 1980. For Colorado to avoid a new high (low?) in points allowed in a season, the Buffs would have to give up only 82 points, or 20.5 points per game, over the final four games. To avoid the highest average per game, the Buffs have to “hold” the opposition to 124 points or less, or an average of 31 points per game.

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