When Stanford put a basketball team named the Gaels on the team’s schedule last season, I have to admit that I scarcely blinked an eye. It wasn’t until the Cardinal suffered a 78-61 drubbing at the hands of Saint Mary’s that I took a second look at this program from a small school in Moraga, California. While…
In the spirit of unity on this week of the 119th Big Game, here’s a look at what I think both Stanford and Cal do well — and what each program’s counterpart would be wise to look at more closely.
Any avid readers of my column out there probably know this spiel already, but traditional media polls and preseason power rankings have never done all that much for me. Most analysts don’t give much more than a cursory glance to teams before the season begins, and as a result most rankings end up reflecting past seasons more than they do the unique circumstances of the upcoming year.
Up until about two years ago, there was a pretty consistent narrative about how the Pac-12’s 2011 enlargement had gone. The conference’s two expansion teams, Utah and Colorado, had been uncompetitive in the league’s highest-grossing sport, and the disparity seemed so significant that there were even suggestions that the Buffaloes might leave the conference in search…
Stanford needs a quarterback to work with the group it has now, and I think that man is Keller Chryst.
Someone losing this battle will be what Stanford needs to start winning more of its wars.
Can Shaw afford to be his same reserved self in this week’s trip to Seattle against a team that is averaging 45.8 points per game?
In a game where both teams struggled to consistently execute on offense, the score explosion of the last few minutes left Stanford (3-0, 2-0 Pac-12) feeling lucky to escape with a win in Pasadena — and the Bruins wondering what might have been.