On Saturday night, there was no doubting that No. 7 Stanford (11-2, 8-2 Pac-12) played a complete game on the conference’s biggest stage to defeat No. 11 Arizona State (10-3, 8-2) 38-14 at Sun Devil Stadium and defend its Pac-12 title. The Cardinal booked its return trip to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl Game — the 100th Rose Bowl Game, no less — and will be going to its fourth BCS bowl game in just as many seasons.
Survive and advance. As a preseason top-five team, the goal is that simple. Barring the nearly unprecedented scenario of three BCS conference teams all going undefeated, the Stanford Cardinal needs only to win every game to go to the BCS National Championship; style points won’t matter.
Stanford Athletics announced on Tuesday that football season tickets had completely sold out for the first time in school history as expectations and excitement for the defending Rose Bowl champions has steadily mounted with fall practices rapidly approaching.
The No. 8 Stanford men’s golf team shot a combined 15-over-par 365 in Tuesday’s third round, falling one place to fifth in the team standings. Sophomore Patrick Rodgers, the second highest ranked golfer in the conference, failed to break par for the second consecutive day and is now sitting alone at 10th in the individual race.