Recruiting analysis is an inherently hypocritical business. In a good year, we write about all these highly ranked players that will change our team’s future; in a bad year, we just complain that recruiting rankings are worthless anyway.
A decade ago, it took three seasons for Stanford to amass ten wins. During those three miserable years, the Cardinal never finished higher than eighth out of the ten teams in the Pac-10. Nineteen losses in conference play. Twenty-three total defeats. Those were the kinds of numbers that defined the program.
Football: Cardinal rolls No. 17 UCLA 35-17 to win Pac-12 North, set up rematch in Pac-12 Championship
Stanford took care of business on Saturday night, smothering Johnathan Franklin and the UCLA run game and scoring plenty of points on the way to a 42-24 win over the No. 17 Bruins. With the win, Stanford guaranteed its spot in the Pac-12 Championship, which the No. 8 Cardinal will host against this same UCLA team next Friday night.
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Coming off an incredible 21-14 victory over USC, the Cardinal will face a different kind of animal tonight against the Washington Huskies: its first road test of the season at CenturyLink Field, one of the loudest stadiums in the nation that boasts a crowd capacity of 67,000.
Football: Carried by an inspiring defensive effort, No. 21 Stanford stuns No. 2 USC in 21-14 victory
It was an upset for the ages. So much for Matt Barkley’s Heisman hopes. So much for USC’s title aspirations. And so much for Stanford’s supposed decline after the Andrew Luck era. No. 21 Stanford (3-0, 2-0 Pac-12) took down mighty No. 2 USC (2-1, 0-1 Pac-12) tonight, gutting it out for an incredible 21-14 upset.
There are a number of words that can be used to describe the mindset of Stanford football players throughout this week’s practices: focused, awakened and perhaps dissatisfied. But “panicking” isn’t one of them.
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.