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.
On Tuesday, July 18, former Cardinal catcher Jessica Allister was named the new head coach of Stanford softball by Director of Athletics Bernard Muir. She takes on the job after turning around a mediocre Minnesota program during her seven years there, culminating with a program-best 56-5 record and No. 1 national ranking in 2017.
Up until about two years ago, there was a pretty consistent narrative about how the Pac-12’s 2011 enlargement had gone. The conference’s two expansion teams, Utah and Colorado, had been uncompetitive in the league’s highest-grossing sport, and the disparity seemed so significant that there were even suggestions that the Buffaloes might leave the conference in search…
With Stanford’s season opener against Kansas State looming, a few members of The Daily Sports Staff — Vihan Lakshman (VL), Michael Peterson (MP), Sanjay Srinivas (SS), Andrew Mather (AM), Do-Hyoung Park (DHP), Nicky Sullivan (NS) and Alexa Philippou (AO) — provided their predictions on how the Cardinal will fare this season and which teams will emerge as among the top in the nation.
As is tradition, people are sure to question whether they can maintain the standard set by their predecessors — many will likely doubt them with the departures of Garnett and Murphy. As is tradition, they’re set to prove everyone wrong.
“With their running game, once we shut that down, we can make them pass and we have a very good secondary,” Johnson said. “We can take care of that.”
There won’t be too many mental games or chess matches in Pasadena. No frills, no fancy blitzes, no deceptive coverages, no nonsense. Only clean, hard, simple football — just the way Iowa likes it.
This is the fourth installment of The Stanford Daily’s seven-part preview series on the Iowa Hawkeyes, who will face Stanford in the 102nd Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on Jan. 1, 2016. This piece will look at Iowa’s front seven.