OPPOSING COACH'S TAKE
"People try to make a big deal about them breaking in a new quarterback, but even with the new guy, likely Keller Chryst, they're going to be damn good. With young QBs you don't know what you're going to get until they start playing—but you could have also said that before Andrew Luck took over. Chryst has such a big, strong arm, and he's really athletic, too. They've got a great offensive line and a great back in Christian McCaffrey, so they're not going to have to rely on Chryst to sling it. He'll have time to get adjusted.
McCaffrey, he's just awesome. He has everything: really good change of direction, good speed; he's a complete football player. It doesn't matter that everyone knows he's going to get the ball. Really, it makes the play-action game so much scarier because if they can run, that's when you see those big throws go over the top. And as a returner he solves a lot of problems. You can pretty much count on him bringing back a kick for a touchdown every few tries, and it's like, Oh, crap, can we at least try to not kick it toward him?
Defensively, it's wrong to say that they don't have talent. Those dudes play so, so hard, and they're so well-coached. They've been outstanding over the last four to five years because they're so big and physical. Really, they're the only ones who have solved the Oregon riddle consistently. They're a nightmare because they're not going to beat themselves."
Passes thrown by now sophomore quarterback Keller Chryst, who's the favorite to start. Five were completions.
The Cardinal's average time of possession (in minutes) last season, tops in the country.
Difference in yards between Rocket Ismail's three-season total at Notre Dame (4,187) and Christian McCaffrey's total as a sophomore in '15 (3,864).
Starts for junior tight end Dalton Schultz, who has already been named to the John Mackey Award watch list.
Third-down conversion rate of Stanford opponents last year, 45th best in the FBS.
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5 YEAR TREND
10--1 (PAC-12 CHAMPS)
11--3 (PAC-12 CHAMPS)
12--2 (PAC-12 CHAMPS)
Most human beings who check in at 6'3" and 273 pounds cannot broad-jump 10'2", run a 40-yard dash in 4.56 seconds and record a vertical of 34 inches. SOLOMON THOMAS, a senior defensive lineman, can. He also boasts just 8.1% body fat and does 30 reps bench-pressing 225 pounds. He had 10½ tackles for loss last year (with 3½ sacks). You don't want him chasing you in the backfield. It will not end well.
AT WASHINGTON [KEY MATCHUP]
AT NOTRE DAME [KEY MATCHUP]
AT OREGON [BIGGEST GAME]