Stanford football: 5 things to watch in 2016

The Stanford Cardinal certainly look like the favorite to win the PAC-12 championship once again this year and that could be what they need to get to the College Football Playoff this year.

It is hard to believe this team wouldn’t have something to say about making a case for the national championship.

While they have to replace a number of players on the offense, including quarterback Kevin Hogan and three offensive lineman, they return 2015 Heisman Trophy runner-up Christian McCaffrey, which could be the difference maker for this team. They also have a youthful defense, which has both its pros and cons.

Let’s take a look at five things to watch for the Stanford Cardinal in the 2016 college football season.

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