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Stanford in the NFL: McCaffrey dominates

In February 2017, NFL senior draft analyst Lance Zierlein published a scouting report evaluating a running back prospect hoping to be picked high in that year’s NFL draft. “Lacks desired size of an every-down back. Has some tread worn off his tires. Average burst may not be enough to race past NFL speed on second level. Inconsistent squaring up blitzers in pass pro and ducks his head into contact. Doesn’t have NFL-caliber power to break tackles and create yardage for himself through power.”

King’s Keys: Just win, Stanford

The first half of Stanford football’s 27-23 road loss to Washington last week was nightmarish. The Huskies scored on their first three possessions to take a 21-0 lead, junior quarterback KJ Costello threw two costly interceptions, and senior wide receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside- Stanford’s best player- went down with an ankle injury that knocked him out for the rest of the game and has him sidelined this week against Oregon State. Indeed, that miserable half was a microcosm of the horrendous past month and half for the Cardinal. Since then-seventh ranked Stanford beat Oregon in an overtime thriller on September 22nd, the Cardinal have lost four of five games and have fallen from the College Football Playoff discussion into a discussion about whether or not they will make a bowl game.

Football round table: In an (Oregon) State of confusion

Stanford football (5-4, 3-3 Pac-12) has now lost two in a row after a comeback fell just short in Seattle one week ago. The season seems over already, with the final two games approaching rapidly. Although, one more win will guarantee the team a bowl game, and there’s still the Big Game on the horizon. This week, the Cardinal receive a gift from the NCAA, as they play host to Oregon State this Saturday, in a matchup that has the Cardinal as the heavy favorites. The Daily’s Daniel Martinez-Krams, Andrew Tan, and Shan Reddy grow ever more cynical and ridiculous as the season spirals out of control, and share their thoughts on how bad Oregon State truly is, what to do without JJ Arcega-Whiteside, and what exactly went wrong this season.

Washington defense pulls the plug on Cardinal comeback

After an agonizing loss to Washington State at home, Stanford football (5-4, 3-3 Pac-12) headed to face Washington (7-3, 5-2) knowing that its shot at the Pac-12 title hung in the balance. The team arrived in Seattle this past Saturday coming off of their best offensive performance of the season against Wazzu, and headed to the Husky Stadium locker room at halftime without a point on the scoreboard, down 21-0.