Despite a brilliant start, No. 23 Stanford (1-1, 0-1 Pac-12) could not keep pace with USC (2-0, 1-0 Pac-12) and fell 45-20 on the road Saturday night. For the second straight year, Stanford led 17-3, but the Trojans put up 35 unanswered points.
Both Stanford and USC desperately need a win in their Pac-12 opener because they have brutal schedules coming up. Here’s three keys to a major rivalry victory for Stanford in the Back-up Bowl.
On Saturday, the Cardinal and the Trojans will play the first Pac-12 Conference game for the sixth-straight year, with five of those games played in the season’s second week.
Ahead of Saturday’s game, The Daily’s King Jemison, Cybele Zhang and Gregory Block talk defensive matchups, backup quarterbacks and Stanford’s recent win
The San Francisco 49ers have four former Cardinal, the Houston Texans, Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles have three and the Dallas Cowboys have two.
With 30 second left in the game and down by three points, the Wildcats took over possession, but quarterback Hunter Johnson was strip sacked by fifth-year outside linebacker Casey Toohill, and the ball was recovered by sophomore outside linebacker Jordan Fox in the end zone to ice the game.
Coming off a 9-4 season capped by a sloppy Sun Bowl victory, expectations are all over the place for No. 25 Stanford in 2019. Senior quarterback KJ Costello returns to lead the offense but without the receiving weapons he had a year ago. Junior cornerback and All-American Paulson Adebo headlines the defense, but run-stopping ability is still in question. A well-coached, disciplined Northwestern team heads into Stanford Stadium on Saturday to kickoff the season. The Daily’s King Jemison, Daniel Martinez-Krams and Gregory Block discuss expectations, breakout candidates and the trenches.
No. 25 Stanford opens its 125th season with a home matchup against Northwestern, the defending Big Ten West champion. The Cardinal have won 11 consecutive home openers and are ranked in the AP preseason poll for the ninth-straight year.