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.
The lasting impact of Stanford football’s 34-20 win at Army came from a moment not on the playing field, but on the Stanford sideline. Senior safety John Flacco earned everlasting love and admiration from the West Point cadets by joining the cadets on their “Rocket” cheer. Immediately, the crowd fell for Flacco, cheering wildly through the end of the game, chanting for him and even passing around a whiteboard that read, “Add John Flacco on Facebook.”
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The first time that Stanford football traveled east of the Mississippi, it took down Army 26-0 at Yankee Stadium in front of 86,000 fans. That was back in 1928, when the legendary Pop Warner was at the helm of the team, when Stanford played in the same conference as Idaho and Montana and when the program was two years removed from its first — and only — national championship. Though it’s making the trip under different circumstances this weekend, the Cardinal is hoping for a similar result 85 years later.
For most Pac-12 schools, traveling 2,500 miles to the East Coast for an out-of-conference game could be an unwelcome change. The long journey between the two coasts, coupled with the three-hour difference in time zones, is often cited as a reason for subpar performances from normally strong teams in cross-country matchups. Stanford, however, isn’t “most Pac-12 schools.”
Stanford’s 2013 football schedule may have been accidentally released Wednesday evening, although not officially by the Pac-12, and it appears as though the road back to Pasadena—the host site for next year’s BCS National Championship Game—will be anything but easy for the Cardinal.