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Stanford rule out Christian McCaffrey against Notre Dame

October 8, 2016: Stanford Cardinal running back Christian McCaffrey (5) during the PAC-12 Conference game between #16 Stanford Cardinal verses the Washington State Cougars at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, CA. (Photo by Samuel Stringer/Icon Sportswire)
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Stanford will be without their Heisman Trophy hopeful as they make their trip to South Bend to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Running back Christian McCaffrey’s absence will dull the typically entertaining and competitive game between the two power programs, who have struggled despite preseason hopes of contending for a spot in the College Football Playoff.

McCaffrey will not play as the star running back is out of action for what was supposed to be another primetime viewing of the Stanford star against Notre Dame on NBC. This is surely news that will disappoint those who were hopeful to see McCaffrey play against the Fighting Irish in a big test for the talented running back.

Head coach David Shaw announced that McCaffrey will not play after suffering an injury this week. Despite traveling with the team to South Bend for the game, he was not healthy enough to play in the end.

The injury setback is yet another blow to what has been a disappointment of a follow-up season to McCaffrey’s breakout 2015 campaign. Stanford has regressed as a team while McCaffrey has also taken a slight step back statistically from his insane sophomore numbers, which has hurt his hopes of becoming a Heisman Trophy finalist for the second straight season.

Expect Stanford to continue to struggle on offense as they have had troubles scoring points with McCaffrey. As a result, things could get grim in South Bend without their star weapon on offense. On the other hand, Notre Dame desperately needs a win to bounce back from their own woeful 2-4 start in a game that is important for two struggling programs used to success in recent years.

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