It’s no secret that Stanford football lives and dies by its running game. On one of the biggest stages in college football, the Cardinal running engine sputtered and then sputtered some more for over three quarters. And when it mattered the most – when Stanford needed one more yard to keep its last-minute desperation drive alive – the engine went up in flames.
Another week, another stressful Stanford football game. I would say sorry for sounding like a broken record this season, but it’s not my fault almost… Continue Reading »
It’s that time of year again.
Three blasts from the train whistle pierce the chilly Stanford air at the top of every hour. The water in the school’s normally picturesque fountains is replaced by a sinister cardinal red brew. At the apex of The Claw sits a lone teddy bear, brutally impaled by the topmost spike in full view of students sporting “Beat Cal” shirts in increasing numbers.
For better or worse, the current state of Stanford football is bringing back vivid memories of the 2012 season: a smothering defense bailing out an… Continue Reading »
In advance of Saturday’s football game between Stanford and Oregon State, The Daily’s Winston Shi chatted with Andrew Kilstrom of The Daily Barometer, Oregon State’s student newspaper, to get perspective from both camps. Below is a partial transcript of their conversation.
If you’re a Pac-12 offensive coordinator, you’ve got to pick your battles when going up against Stanford. It’s probably not wise to attack the Cardinal’s vaunted front seven — thus, only 15 Division I teams have faced fewer carries per game than Stanford has — or its ballhawking safeties — thus, only eight of the 184 completions against the Cardinal have gone for 30 yards or more.
The only way I know to describe what it’s like to follow this Stanford season is that it’s a lot like watching in 2011. This team is dominant in just about every way, and it’s hard to imagine anyone but the Oregon Ducks beating the Cardinal. However, I’m still nervous every time a new game approaches.
Though Saturday proved to be a tale of two halves, Stanford made a big statement under the national spotlight after two convincing, but unremarkable, wins to start the season. In front of a sold-out crowd of 50,424 fans at Stanford Stadium, the No. 5 Cardinal (3-0, 1-0 Pac-12) defeated No. 23 Arizona State (2-1, 0-1) 42-28 in its first conference matchup of the season — and the weekend’s only matchup between ranked college football teams.