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.
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.
Coming off a mildly disappointing 9-4 season in 2018, No. 25 Stanford football prepares to face one of the nation’s toughest schedules.
Stanford is reflecting on the ups and downs of last season as it prepares for change in 2019.
“It’s not a beauty contest,” said Stanford head coach David Shaw, “it’s a football game and thankfully, we were able to win it.”
Stanford coasted to a 49-7 romp of the Oregon Ducks Saturday. Here are some notable statistics from the game and season so far:
Both senior quarterback Keller Chryst and the Cardinal defense had their best performances of the season as No. 23 Stanford (5-2, 4-1 Pac-12) blew out the Oregon Ducks (4-3, 1-3) 49-7 on Saturday night at Stanford Stadium.