Stanford gets their starting QB K.J Costello back but the good news does not come without the bad here as Stanford announced Tuesday that their starting tackle, a future NFL first rounder, will having season ending surgery. They will also likely be without another tackle Foster Sarell. These cluster injuries on the o-line are a bad thing and make life awfully tough especially on the road. This looks like a bad spot for Stanford going across the country to play a team that over the past few seasons have become a regular season machine.
UCF gets some positive injury news themselves getting QB Darriel Mack cleared to go as well as Brandon Wimbush being available off the bench. UCF has not exactly named a starting QB yet because in his debut Freshman QB Dillon Gabriel really impressed against Florida Atlantic. There is a possibility we see multiple quarterbacks Saturday. Everyone knows this UCF team can score and that will be the main problem for Stanford as I doubt they will be able to keep pace. I want to take all this plus the travel factor and the cluster injuries on the o-line and fade Stanford first half while buying this UCF team first half. I think the impact on the o-line will feel stronger in the first half as they adjust to game action with new additions on the line.