With the NFL Combine over, the Stanford football team’s pro day in late March and the NFL Draft not until April, you’d think this would be a good time for head coach David Shaw to focus on the 2012 Cardinal, not the players moving on to the NFL
The 2011 Stanford football season is unlikely to be forgotten by any Stanford fan for a long time, and now that the college football season is over, it’s time to take stock of what exactly fans will remember–and will want to forget–from this season.
At any level of football, attrition is the story of every team’s season. Players get hurt. Coaches agonize over position battles. Fans speculate about who will fill the voids left by others…. But for the Cardinal, sometimes it’s not a problem of talent but a problem of economics–supply doesn’t meet demand–and that means a player has to change positions in order to make a necessary difference for a team that’s in contention for a national championship.
After falling flat on the national stage last weekend, the Cardinal looks to regain its feet against Cal, which is riding a two-game win streak and looking to spoil the Cardinal’s BCS hopes in its last Pac-12 game of the year.
With a top-10 team coming to town, College GameDay at the Farm for the first time ever and national title hopes hanging in the balance, Saturday’s clash with Oregon is much more than just a normal football game. If LSU-Alabama was the “Game of the Century,” then Oregon-Stanford looks to be the “Game of the Century: Watchable Edition,” or at least the “Game of the Century: Now with Offense!”
If you’ve been following NFL football for a long time, the last few years have probably been a real eye-opener when it comes to the dangers of helmet-to-helmet hits. If you’ve been following Stanford football for a long time, that eye-opener came 11 years ago.
It wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t easy. And it sure wasn’t perfect. But thanks to an effective second half that allowed the team to pull away from Oregon State, the Cardinal kept its record unblemished and its national title hopes intact with a 38-13 win
Despite another poor first half, Stanford cruised to another road win, beating Oregon State 38-13. Here’s Stat on the Back’s take on the final regular-season road game of the season