Stanford beat Notre Dame on Saturday for the fourth time in the teams’ last five contests. The 27-20 result was surprisingly close — Stanford had been favored to win by over two touchdowns — but a win is a win, and the Cardinal is now 14-5 in one-possession games since David Shaw took over as head coach.
Stanford football already had a crazy season coming into Big Game, an up-and-down year that saw the Cardinal’s national title hopes take a major hit in Salt Lake City, rekindled with a dominating 26-20 victory against Oregon and then destroyed for good at the Coliseum.
In advance of Thursday’s football game between Stanford and Oregon, The Daily’s David Cohn chatted with Preston Hiefield, sports director of DuckTV, the University of Oregon’s student television station, to get perspectives from both camps on how Oregon could beat Stanford. Check back for part two in tomorrow’s Game Day issue of The Daily for a conversation focusing on how Stanford could beat Oregon.
With last week’s finalization of the College Football Playoff committee and all of the controversy and mudslinging that followed, it seems as if much of America has forgotten that we still have one year left in the ever pleasing Bowl Championship Series (BCS) era.
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.
All eyes are on Stanford’s primetime showdown with Pac-12 North foe Oregon on Nov. 7, but the Cardinal has 11 other games to worry about as well. Last year, after all, Stanford lost a trap game to unranked Washington and barely squeaked by a team it was accustomed to blowing out, San Jose State. With the Spartans coming to the Farm on Saturday, we asked Daily football beat writers Joseph Beyda, George Chen and Sam Fisher: Which non-Oregon opponent is most likely to beat Stanford this season?