If you’re a Pac-12 offensive coordinator, you’ve got to pick your battles when going up against Stanford. It’s probably not wise to attack the Cardinal’s vaunted front seven — thus, only 15 Division I teams have faced fewer carries per game than Stanford has — or its ballhawking safeties — thus, only eight of the 184 completions against the Cardinal have gone for 30 yards or more.
Say what you want about Condoleezza Rice’s qualifications as a football expert, or the logistics of the College Football Playoff system that will begin in 2014. I’ve got a feeling that Rice and the rest of the committee announced Wednesday aren’t just going to improve the college football postseason.
Every Monday, after Stanford football finishes watching the film from its game two days earlier, quarterback coach Mike Sanford collects his game plans, notes and play diagrams from the previous week and files them away, literally closing the books on the Cardinal’s last opponent.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, a Stanford Graduate School of Business professor and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, was officially named a member of the College Football Playoff selection committee on Wednesday. She later defended her spot in the 13-person group—comprised otherwise of former coaches, football administrators and sports journalists—In a Wednesday afternoon teleconference.
I will never forget my first Stanford women’s soccer match, a 7-0 win against Arizona in which six Cardinal players scored and starting goalie Emily Oliver didn’t face a single shot before being pulled in the 58th minute. I was only a first-week freshman, but I could tell that was pretty darn good.
There’s just something special about Stanford’s inside linebackers.
For one, a unit that consists of four seniors prides itself on special teams, of all things—and Stanford’s eye-blacked, mohawked Sports Illustrated cover boy is no exception.
The Pac-12 named Stanford outside linebacker Trent Murphy and kick returner Ty Montgomery its players of the week on Monday, following the No. 5 Card’s 31-28 home victory against No. 15 Washington on Saturday.