The Pac-12 released Stanford football’s full 2014 schedule on Wednesday afternoon, featuring nine conference matchups and six home games. As was the case in 2012, Stanford will have three consecutive home games to open the season before most of the student body arrives on campus for the new school year.
Let’s start with the good: For the fourth straight year, Stanford and Oregon will square off in a November matchup that’s likely to decide the Pac-12 North title. Besides that, well… Crickets.
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.