K.J. Costello, Quarterback
Costello is not flashy by any means, but he has found a way to lead the Stanford offense and get the job done. He is 73-114 on the year with 10 touchdowns and a completion percentage of 64 percent. If a defense gives Costello the time he needs, he will make the throws — it is as simple as that. Notre Dame learned this last year in a loss to Stanford, where Costello threw for four touchdowns.
He had a good game against Oregon, throwing for 327 yards and two touchdowns, two of which came in the fourth quarter to seal the comeback victory. There is no doubt that he is a gamer, especially if teams leave the door open.
Be that as it may, however, Costello does not pose any rushing threat. He has -21 yards rushing this season. If the Notre Dame defense can bottle up Bryce Love, it will make the Stanford offense completely one-dimensional. And if Notre Dame can apply the necessary pressure to Costello, he will struggle to find a groove throwing the ball. With no running game to rely on, this would make for a long night for Costello and the Stanford offense.