If you have been following my attempt to document my favorite Stanford football games of the last four years (and thanks for reading!), you probably noticed that one particular opponent has remained conspicuously absent thus far. In this final installment of the three-part series, I’ll try to remedy this gaping, duck-shaped hole in the top-10 list by focusing on two of the most remarkable games in the program’s history.
As the first ever College Football Playoff championship game unfolded Monday night at AT&T Stadium, I found myself thinking not of the players on the field —not an easy thing to do with the abundance of elite athletes on both sides— but on one who didn’t even make the trip.
With Stanford clinging to the hope of defending its Pac-12 title and Oregon eyeing the inaugural College Football Playoff, the stage is set for this year’s competition to be one of the best ever. Let’s take a look at the most recent clashes between these teams as we prepare for yet another chapter in this classic series:
Six Cardinal football players were picked in the 2014 NFL Draft on Friday and Saturday to tie a program record and lead the Pac-12, while at least five more have already signed as unrestricted free agents. But even with those impressive numbers, several Stanford players were selected later than expected, most notably inside linebacker Shayne Skov, who wasn’t drafted at all.
Photos of all the outgoing Cardinal football players hoping to be drafted or signed this weekend.
Follow The Daily’s liveblog of the 2014 NFL Draft from Thursday through Saturday, and check out our draft profiles learn about all of the Cardinal players who soon could be making their mark at the next level.
Carrington played in all 28 games his final two seasons as a reserve safety and cornerback after starting in five games at safety as a sophomore. Yet his time at Stanford will ultimately be remembered for one play — a play which will live on forever in Stanford lore.
At this past Saturday’s Cardinal & White Spring Game, the defense looked much more prepared than the offense despite large turnover at the positions, coaching changes and missing contributors on the defense and significant experience at the skill positions on the offense. With that in mind, we asked football writers Michael Peterson, Vihan Lakshman and David Cohn: What position grouping’s continued development will be the most critical in order for the Cardinal to be successful this season?