On Friday night, the legendary senior class got the ovation it deserved with a 3-1 Senior Night win over Cal (20-10, 10-10 Pac-12) in front of 4,880 fans in Maples Pavilion. The win all but ensured that Stanford (24-4, 18-2) will receive a top-four seed in the NCAA Tournament and home-court advantage until the Final Four.
Nothing will salvage Stanford’s ugly season, not after giving away the Axe and missing a bowl game for the first time in 11 seasons. When Chase Garbers rumbled into the end zone from 16 yards out to write his Big Game legend and Evan Weaver came up with his 13th tackle on fourth-and-one, 2019 officially became a failure for the Cardinal.
Stanford women’s volleyball (22-4, 16-2 Pac-12) often looks like the most dominant team in the country. But the Cardinal elevated that dominance to an unprecedented level in their road sweep over Colorado (12-16, 4-14) on Sunday.
Stanford football entered the season with three juniors and two seniors starting on the offensive line. By the seventh game against UCLA on October 17th, the Cardinal starting line included three true freshmen beside two of the original juniors. Now, that same youthful offensive line prepares to start its fifth-straight game together on Saturday against Cal in the 122nd edition of the Big Game.
Trailing 17-13 in the second set after dropping the first, No. 4 Stanford women’s volleyball (21-4, 15-2 Pac-12) seemed bound for a crushing upset on the road at No. 16 Utah (19-9, 11-6). But as they have done so many times over the past four seasons, the Cardinal turned to senior outside hitter Kathryn Plummer to lead the comeback.
Stanford (4-6, 3-5) may be slogging through its worst season of the decade, but that does not matter this week. Because on this glorious week, you can throw the records out the window and just worry about one thing: keeping the Axe.
When Stanford last missed a bowl game, George W. Bush was the President of the United States. Instagram and Snapchat did not exist. Current Stanford head coach David Shaw was a mere offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach under Jim Harbaugh. But now, the Cardinal are rapidly approaching a sobering reality they have not faced since 2008: a losing season.
Stanford at Colorado might not be a college football headliner on a day when No. 1 LSU will face No. 2 Alabama. But it still means everything to both teams fighting for position in the Pac-12 pecking order. The Cardinal are looking to rebound from a nightmarish start to complete another semi-successful season under head coach David Shaw. The Buffs just want to keep their season alive. Here are three keys to a win in Stanford’s easiest remaining game that undoubtedly will not come easy.
Entering the third set of Sunday’s road match at USC (12-8, 6-4 Pac-12), No. 2 Stanford women’s volleyball (14-4, 8-2 Pac-12) was reeling. The Cardinal had dropped five straight sets for the first time since September 2015. They were missing two-time National Player of the Year Kathryn Plummer for the eighth straight match. But with their season seemingly on the line, Stanford pulled off the reverse sweep.
The Class of 2014 will return to the Farm this weekend for its five-year reunion. Many of those Stanford alums probably have not watched much Cardinal football since their graduation. If they decide to attend Saturday’s Homecoming game against Arizona (4-3, 2-2 Pac-12), they might be stunned by what they see from this Stanford team (3-4, 2-3 Pac-12).
Stanford lost to the conference’s worst team, at home, in convincing fashion. Now, Stanford will finish a three-game homestand with Homecoming against Arizona. The two sides have not faced off since 2016, and have never met under Wildcats second-year head coach Kevin Sumlin. With five games remaining, Stanford finds itself needing to find three wins to reach bowl eligibility. The Daily’s King Jemison, Savanna Stewart and Logan Hatch talk stopping quarterbacks, starting quarterbacks and injuries, lots of injuries.
Stanford football (3-3, 2-2 Pac-12) completely changed the narrative of its season in a 23-13 win over Washington (5-2, 2-2 Pac-12) on October 5th. Before that monumental home triumph, the Cardinal had a losing record, and their only wins came over two teams with a combined two victories. Stanford looked to be nothing more than a Pac-12 bottom-feeder who might sneak into bowl eligibility, best-case scenario. Instead, the Cardinal proved that they can still compete with the best teams in the conference.
No. 3 Stanford women’s volleyball (9-3, 3-1 Pac-12) finally broke out the broom closet after over a month without a sweep, as the Cardinal took down Oregon State (8-7, 2-2 Pac-12) 3-0 in Corvallis.
Stanford football (2-3, 1-2 Pac-12) faces long odds against No. 15 Washington (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12) on Saturday. But the Cardinal have a chance if they can win ugly.
An unconvincing, last-second Stanford win over perennial Pac-12 North cellar dwellers Oregon State did little to calm the nerves of the Cardinal faithful. Now, Stanford begins a month at home and a three-game homestand facing No. 15 Washington.
Stanford currently sits at 1-3 and is just getting into the heart of a schedule deemed to be the most difficult in the nation preseason. To say the least, the Cardinal’s ten-year run of bowl appearances is in jeopardy. Entering the season, however, it was always a possibility that Stanford would start the season 0-4. Although an opening day victory over Northwestern lifted the spirits of the Cardinal faithful, the three consecutive losses have disheartened many. Now, the game that casual fans and pundits alike pointed to as the first likely win has presented itself: a trip to take on Oregon State. The Daily’s King Jemison, Shan Reddy and Daniel Martinez-Krams talk expectations for the defense, quarterbacks and the Beavers rushing game.
As bad as the opening month of the season has been for Stanford football (1-3, 0-2 Pac-12), it could get worse. All it takes is a road loss to perennial Pac-12 North cellar dweller Oregon State (1-2, 0-0 Pac-12) this Saturday, and the negativity surrounding the program would reach an unprecedented fever pitch.
Stanford football (1-2, 0-1 Pac-12) is in a dark place after two consecutive blowout defeats. King has three keys to sending the Class of 2023 football fans home happy with a win in their first home game on the Farm.
The Cardinal must hit the road again to take on a quality opponent. But with the pressure off and expectations gone, perhaps Stanford can find redemption against the 17th-ranked UCF Knights.