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.
In advance of Saturday’s football game between Stanford and Arizona State, The Daily’s Do-Hyoung Park chatted with The State Press’s lead football writer Joshua Nacion to get perspective from both camps. Below is the full transcript of their conversation.
In the eight-month offseason following Stanford football’s 2013 Rose Bowl victory, a host of questions surrounded the Cardinal offense. How would quarterback Kevin Hogan mature? When would the receivers step up? Who was going to replace Stanford’s all-time rushing leader, Stepfan Taylor? What about All-American tight end Zach Ertz? Some of those puzzles still remain unanswered, but Saturday night certainly provided satisfying clues towards solving them.
The wait for Stanford football is over. After a 249-day offseason filled with tight position battles, endless media hype and dramatic hairstyle changes, the No. 5 Cardinal will finally take the field tomorrow night against San Jose State to begin one of the most anticipated seasons in school history. With an 8 p.m. kickoff time, Stanford is the last college football team in the nation to launch its 2013 campaign.
In my column last week, I said that Stanford football head coach David Shaw would safely be able to sit his starters by the beginning of the fourth quarter against San Jose State if he wished to do so, which at the time didn’t seem like what you would call a bold statement. Well, I obviously couldn’t have been more wrong.
Stanford football head coach David Shaw defended rookie quarterback Josh Nunes during his weekly press conference Tuesday, amidst criticism of the first-time starter’s 16-for-26, 125-yard performance against San Jose State on Friday.
Head coach David Shaw can breathe a short sigh of relief—for now, at least.