Stanford will be without star running back Christian McCaffrey against Notre Dame on Saturday night. David Shaw confirmed the news Saturday evening, a few hours before kickoff.

McCaffrey suffered an undisclosed injury during the second half of Stanford's loss to Washington State last week, and his status had been in question leading up to Saturday's game against Notre Dame. Stanford coach David Shaw described him as being "pretty beaten up" earlier in the week.

McCaffrey missing the game continues a sad trend for the top running backs in the nation. Both he and LSU's Leonard Fournette entered the season as Heisman favorites, but neither has been able to live up to the expectations -- and now both are dealing with injuries.

Fournette will not play for LSU on Saturday night, and it will be the third game he's had to miss this season. Now McCaffrey will be missing a game of his own.

This is just not how either thought -- or hoped -- the 2016 season would work out.

After breaking Barry Sanders' all-purpose yardage record last season, McCaffrey is averaging "only" 188.2 yards per game this season (he averaged a ridiculous 276 yards per game last season), which was good for third in the nation entering the weekend.