After falling to USC on Saturday, Stanford is preparing to face Cal after a loss for a third consecutive season. Though the Cardinal won’t have trouble finding inspiration for Big Game, the end of team’s season has lost some of its intrigue now that Stanford doesn’t control its own BCS bowl destiny. We asked football writers Winston Shi, Do-Hyoung Park and David Cohn: What steps should the Cardinal be looking to take as a 31-point favorite against the Bears?
Stanford is riding a four-game winning streak against USC as it enters this weekend’s matchup with its SoCal rival, marking the most consecutive games the Cardinal has ever won against the Trojans. Each of Stanford’s last three wins, however, has been decided by a very close margin. USC has been playing much better football since the firing of head coach Lane Kiffin, and with College GameDay on hand, many are dubbing this a trap game for the No. 4 Card, as it opened as just a three-point favorite. We asked football writers Winston Shi, David Cohn and Do-Hyoung Park: Could this be the year that the Trojans get revenge?
In advance of Thursday’s football game between Stanford and Oregon, The Daily’s David Cohn chatted with Preston Hiefield, sports director of DuckTV, the University of Oregon’s student television station, to get perspectives from both camps on how Oregon could beat Stanford. Check back for part two in tomorrow’s Game Day issue of The Daily for a conversation focusing on how Stanford could beat Oregon.
Most of Oregon’s opponents are concerned primarily with stopping the Ducks’ quick-strike offensive attack, which ranks second in the nation in points (55.6) and yards (632.1) per game. But Oregon also fields one of the nation’s best defenses, including an elite secondary that could give junior quarterback Kevin Hogan, who has looked shaky at times this season, a lot of trouble. We asked football writers Winston Shi, Do-Hyoung Park and David Cohn: Which element of the Ducks’ game is most likely to doom the Cardinal on Thursday?
Coming into the 2013 season, most people figured that with Kevin Hogan’s increased experience and the emergence of young wide receivers, Stanford’s offense was going to improve dramatically. After showing signs of improvement early in the season, the Cardinal offense has sputtered over its past few games. We asked football writers Do-Hyoung Park, David Cohn and Winston Shi: Is Stanford’s offense better now than it was going into the Oregon game last season?
In advance of Saturday’s football game between Stanford and Oregon State, The Daily’s Winston Shi chatted with Andrew Kilstrom of The Daily Barometer, Oregon State’s student newspaper, to get perspective from both camps. Below is a partial transcript of their conversation.