Stanford head coach David Shaw opened up Tuesday’s press luncheon in an unconventional matter with an opening statement, read from hand-written notes on a Stanford football notepad, repeating what he had stated earlier in the day during the Pac-12 coaches’ teleconference.
Tomorrow, No. 5 Stanford (3-0, 1-0 Pac-12) hopes to avoid a similar letdown when it takes on Washington State (3-1, 1-0) in Seattle. Despite a shaky fourth quarter against Arizona State last weekend, the Cardinal is coming off a statement win and looks to keep its momentum heading into the middle segment of the season — a task that it failed to accomplish last year. And once again, the test will come within the hostile confines of CenturyLink Field.
One of the coolest things about being a college football fan is watching former players from your respective school succeed in the pros. It doesn’t matter which franchise a Stanford alumnus is playing for; I’ll almost always cheer him on.
David Shaw and several Cardinal players participated in their usual press conference Tuesday at lunch, responding to a variety of questions including some about players’ health and even Andrew Luck. The biggest news revealed on the day — it actually came after practice later Tuesday — was that senior guard David Yankey will be missing…
The Stanford defense’s “Party in the Backfield” has certainly continued into 2013, as the Cardinal has seven sacks and 22 tackles for loss through three games — two of which were played against quick-strike spread teams. But the Stanford front seven also looks a bit different than it did in 2012, when the team finished…
Though Saturday proved to be a tale of two halves, Stanford made a big statement under the national spotlight after two convincing, but unremarkable, wins to start the season. In front of a sold-out crowd of 50,424 fans at Stanford Stadium, the No. 5 Cardinal (3-0, 1-0 Pac-12) defeated No. 23 Arizona State (2-1, 0-1) 42-28 in its first conference matchup of the season — and the weekend’s only matchup between ranked college football teams.
The first time that Stanford football traveled east of the Mississippi, it took down Army 26-0 at Yankee Stadium in front of 86,000 fans. That was back in 1928, when the legendary Pop Warner was at the helm of the team, when Stanford played in the same conference as Idaho and Montana and when the program was two years removed from its first — and only — national championship. Though it’s making the trip under different circumstances this weekend, the Cardinal is hoping for a similar result 85 years later.
The wait for Stanford football is over. After a 249-day offseason filled with tight position battles, endless media hype and dramatic hairstyle changes, the No. 5 Cardinal will finally take the field tomorrow night against San Jose State to begin one of the most anticipated seasons in school history. With an 8 p.m. kickoff time, Stanford is the last college football team in the nation to launch its 2013 campaign.