No. 21 Stanford travels to No. 25 Washington State on Saturday afternoon, and will have a new quarterback under center for the tough Top 25 match-up.
The focus of Stanford's offense is superstar running back and Heisman candidate Bryce Love, who is averaging 10.3 yards per carry and has 1,387 yards and 11 touchdowns in just seven games.
However, every team needs an effective quarterback, especially those who are on the road against ranked opponents. Starter Keller Chryst has started seven games for the Cardinal this year, but has put up pedestrian numbers, completing just 54.2-percent of his passes for a mediocre 6.68 yards per attempt, eight touchdowns, and four interceptions.
Today, Stanford announced that it is making a change. Redshirt freshman K.J. Costello, a former four-star signal caller, will make his second career start.
The Palouse is a tough place for an inexperience quarterback, especially with Washington State fielding an uncharacteristically stingy defense this season. Costello has been pretty good in limited time this season, though. He is completing 64.2-percent of his throws and has 7.34 yards per attempt, and he has thrown for four touchdowns without a pick. Costello also has five rushes for 59 yards and two scores, while Chryst is a non-factor on the ground.
The Cardinal and Cougars kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET at Martin Stadium. The game will be aired on FOX.