With National Signing Day over, the Cardinal now know who will be the newest additions to Stanford football in the Fall. 14 players have signed and four others have declared the commitment to the Class of 2022. 247Sports has Stanford’s 2018 recruiting class ranked at 39th in the nation and seventh in the Pac-12. Is the ranking justified?
With the passing of Wednesday’s National Signing Day, Stanford’s 2018 recruiting class is finalized and 14 new Cardinal will join the team in the fall. The class included five four-star recruits and is ranked 39th in the nation according to 247 Sports. Head coach David Shaw addressed the media on Wednesday to discuss the latest group headed to the Farm.
Stanford (10-8, 4-1 Pac-12) returns home for its first matchup against a ranked Pac-12 foe riding a four-game win streak in conference play for the first time since 2008. The Cardinal will face 16th-ranked Arizona State (14-3, 2-3) on Wednesday night in Maples Pavilion.
15th-ranked TCU (11-3, 7-2 Big 12) used an electric fourth quarter to overcome an early 21-3 deficit and defeat 13th-ranked Stanford (9-5, 7-2 Pac 12) 39-37 in the Alamo Bowl on Thursday night in San Antonio.
TCU head coach Gary Patterson has traditionally produced some of the best defenses in college football, and this year’s unit is no exception. The Horned Frogs allowed the fewest points, total yards, rushing yards, passing yards, and red zone points in the Big 12 on their way to a 10-3 season and an appearance in the conference championship game.
Tenth-ranked USC (11-2, 8-1 Pac-12) combined a dominant performance from star junior quarterback Sam Darnold with a timely fourth-quarter goal-line stand to pull out a 31-28 victory over 12th-ranked Stanford (9-4, 7-2) in the Pac-12 Championship last Friday night. Darnold finished with 325 yards and two touchdowns on 17 of 24 passing.
Even though a team is ranked higher, games will always come down to matchups. Here are three matchups to watch for.
The Cardinal had a disappointing showing in Portland at the PK80 Invitational to say the least, taking last place in the Motion Bracket of the tournament. How do you assess Stanford’s all-around performance and where does the team go from here?