“I don’t believe we were outmatched,” Shaw said on Tuesday about Stanford’s Friday loss to No. 22 Arizona State. “I believe we were outplayed.”
On Friday, Stanford (3-2, 2-1 Pac-12) travels to Tempe to play No. 22 Arizona State (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12). It’s a grueling assignment on a short week for the Cardinal, who will face their fourth ranked Pac-12 opponent of the season and third ranked opponent in a row.
Once again this year, No. 3 Oregon (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) looks like the easy favorite ahead of a showdown on the Farm on Saturday. But at least Stanford (2-2, 1-1 Pac-12) knows they’ve done the unthinkable before.
Stanford hosts No. 24 UCLA on Saturday afternoon in a showdown that will reveal much about the Cardinal’s ability to contend with the top of the Pac-12.
The last time the football team took the field in Stanford Stadium was a loss to Colorado on Nov. 14, 2020. But Stanford hasn’t played in front of home fans since Nov. 30, 2019, when they lost to then No. 15 Notre Dame. Now on a two-game win streak, however, the Cardinal (2-1, 1-0 Pac-12) direct their attention to No. 24 UCLA (2-1, 0-0 Pac-12) — a front-runner for the Pac-12 South title despite the fact that the Bruins have yet to play a conference game.
Junior running back Austin Jones, sophomore running backs Casey Filkins and EJ Smith and fifth year safety Noah Williams have been ruled out for Saturday’s game against No. 24 UCLA (2-1, 0-0 Pac-12).
That streak of outstanding play helped Stanford (2-1, 1-0 Pac-12) to a comfortable 41-23 win against Vanderbilt (1-2, 0-0 SEC) on Saturday night. But the Cardinal needed it to get settled in a contest that was not as dominant as the scoreline might suggest.
The Cardinal’s thrashing at the hands of Kansas State in the season opener seemed to revive the narrative of a program in decline. Then, Stanford marched into LA and dispatched a top-15 team so handily that they’d emptied the Coliseum by the third quarter.
No. 14 Southern California enters the 2021 game off of a commanding 30-7 win against San José State in USC’s home opener, while the unranked Cardinal hope to improve upon a lackluster 24-7 loss to Kansas State. That being said, it seems like the Trojans’ game to lose.
Senior quarterback Jack West threw two interceptions, the Tunnel Workers’ Union was swamped, defense gave up big plays and the offense went scoreless for three quarters as the Cardinal sunk to a 24-7 loss against the Wildcats to open the 2021 season.
Personal and medical data from students using Stanford’s Cardinal Care health insurance service — including medical conditions and treatment information — was compromised in a data breach in January.
Stanford Health Care has exceeded its normal intensive care unit (ICU) capacity as a statewide surge in COVID-19 cases over the holiday season continues, according to the hospital.
On the gridiron, Stanford head coach David Shaw is infamously resistant to change. Off the field, however, he's ably navigated the challenge of leading a team of players eager to protest more actively than ever before.
Stanford’s Student Title IX Investigation & Hearing Process (Student Title IX Process) outlines the University’s policies and process in reviewing and adjudicating sexual violence allegations made against students. The policy has been criticized by students and faculty on multiple grounds, including those surrounding counseling, attorney time, the definition of sexual assault and expulsions.