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Stanford vs. Arizona: Cardinal to start Keller Chryst at quarterback against Wildcats

David Shaw is changing things up behind center this week

NCAA Football: Stanford at Washington Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

After putting up just five points against the Colorado Buffaloes, and sitting at 126th in scoring offense out of 128 teams at the FBS level, the Stanford Cardinal are making a change at quarterback for their game against the Arizona Wildcats.

Keller Chryst will get the start on Saturday in favor of Ryan Burns.

Burns has averaged just over 150 yards per game this season, completing 62.5% of his passes on his way to five touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Chryst has actually played in six of the team’s seven games, and is just 7-of-18 through the air for 63 yards and an interception. Neither of them are really a running threat either, combining for 20 yards on 59 “attempts”.

Stanford’s 160.1 passing yards per game ranks 117th in the FBS. Oregon State is the only Pac-12 team that has been more anemic through the air this year. For comparison’s sake, Arizona is averaging 210.4 passing yards per game despite using five different players at quarterback this year.

It was already obvious that the Cardinal were going to rely on their running game against an undersized Arizona team, but now they will be in the position the Wildcats were in just a couple weeks ago; where they will have to prove they can throw the ball before Arizona gives the passing game credence.

On the flip side, Arizona seems to be getting back their two top options at quarterback — Anu Solomon and Brandon Dawkins — as both are expected to be available after the team’s bye week.

Stanford and Arizona are set to kickoff at 8 PM PT at Arizona Stadium Saturday night.