The game of the year has finally arrived. Unfortunately, only one of the two teams held up its end of the bargain in going undefeated up to this point, and that has pretty seriously detracted from the hype around this matchup.
It’s always hard to swallow the ups and downs of a football season until it’s over. It took until after the 2011 Orange Bowl for us to understand just how good Stanford was; it took until after the 2012 Fiesta Bowl for us to realize just how much we would miss Andrew Luck and the rest of his class.
Few college football players will ever have a touchdown catch as spectacular as sophomore Kodi Whitfield’s grab this past Saturday. Even fewer, if any at all, will have as amazing of a catch for their first career touchdown as Whitfield did.
After its national title aspirations took a major — if not fatal — hit in Salt Lake City last weekend, Stanford football finds itself in unfamiliar territory after the loss, its first since the overtime defeat to Notre Dame in 2012.
Several days may have elapsed since Stanford’s loss to Utah, but the sting of defeat and the resulting effects linger as fresh as ever. The wounds from last Saturday’s 27-21 loss showed themselves in practice this week.
“Certain guys have an edge to them because what we put on film last week is not who we want to be,” said head coach David Shaw. “We have another opportunity. That’s the best thing about being in the middle of the season; even if you go out and don’t play your best, you get six days to get ready for the next one.”