It’s been a while since the Cardinal has come out on top in the Granddaddy of Them All—41 years to be exact. Tomorrow on New Year’s Day, No. 6 Stanford (11-2, 8-1 Pac-12) finally has the chance to end that drought as it squares off against Wisconsin (8-5, 4-4 Big Ten) at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
Stanford continues to climb in the national polls after earning its spot in the Pac-12 Championship game with a win over UCLA last night, possibly all the way up to No. 6 in the BCS when the standings are released tonight. Daniel Zychlinski’s injury and Terrence Stephens’ absence might hurt the Card in the rematch on Friday.
Stanford defensive tackle Terrence Stephens will miss the upcoming game against UCLA with what the school said was a personal matter.
Football preview: With depth on defensive line, Cardinal looks to emulate last season’s stingy run defense
The Pac-12 is quickly becoming known as the conference of offenses. From Stanford’s methodically efficient march to Oregon’s dangerously explosive attack—both averaged over 40 points per game last season—it’s hardly deniable that the conference has emerged as an offensive juggernaut. But that doesn’t mean the Pac-12’s abilities on the other side of the ball should be sold short. While the SEC may still reign as the king of impenetrable defenses, the West Coast has produced its own share of stellar defensive units.
Football camp update: secondary shaping up; Sanders fights for a spot in backfield, on special teams
Stanford football head coach David Shaw said Tuesday that he was pleased with the progress made by his secondary, which lost starters Michael Thomas, Delano Howell and Johnson Bademosi to graduation last year.