By the numbers: Stanford vs. San Diego State

Yolanda Curtis
September 19, 2017

Both teams are looking to run the ball down the others throats and both teams are built to stop it. Stanford hasn't shown a consistency on offense that makes me think it will put up a big number on San Diego State and the Aztecs aren't likely to march over the Cardinal. The 5-11, 220-pound Penny will have no such concerns, and his ability to make big plays as both a runner, receiver and return man should make him one of the first running backs off the board in the 2018 National Football League draft.

All eyes will be on the running game Saturday as San Diego State hosts No. 19 Stanford in a matchup of two of the top backs in the country. Meanwhile, Stanford running back Bryce Love had 13 carries for 184 yards and two touchdowns. It was the second time Colorado State has suffered a double-digit loss against a power conference opponent after a fun Week 0 victory over Oregon State. He wound up with 206 all-purpose yards and one touchdown, the bulk coming on 175 ground-churning rushing yards.

If the game goes per plan for HC David Shaw and Stanford, they should easily cover the nine points and win this game in San Diego.

Penny ran back a kickoff at Arizona State for a touchdown.

Stanford's initial first down of the game occurred with 13:13 left in the second quarter on Chryst's 11-yard pass to Trent Irwin to the Cardinal 49.

Stanford's first turnover in its last six games came at a poor time for the Cardinal. And it was a much-needed win for the MWC on what was otherwise a brutal weekend of college football outside of a conference tilt between Boise State and New Mexico. Six sacks is the Stanford defense's highest total since recording six against Arizona last season.

Cardinal quarterback Keller Chryst was mostly ho-hum on Saturday. The San Diego State Moneyline is set to +300, with the over/under for the game set to 51 points. Facing a third-and-12 at the Stanford, Chryst threw a long pass into double coverage and was intercepted by Ron Smith. Though coach Rocky Long has done a remarkable job shaping the Aztecs into one of the best defensive and rushing teams in the nation, Stanford remains one of the sport's current gold standards.

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