Coming off a mildly disappointing 9-4 season in 2018, No. 25 Stanford football prepares to face one of the nation’s toughest schedules.
Entering this season, Stanford touted a Heisman-contending running back in Bryce Love, an arm with elite potential in K.J. Costello, and a receiving corps with the size and strength to match up favorably against anyone in the country. The biggest preseason question mark was, supposedly, a young defensive unit with limited game experience.
No. 13 Stanford (1-0) rode the shoulders of an explosive offensive playmaker, who posted 200-plus yards and entered his name into the early-season Heisman discussion, en route to win over SDSU (0-1) on Friday night.
It was a familiar script for the Cardinal, except for the fact that it wasn’t Bryce Love’s name at the top of the stat sheet. Instead, it was wide receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside who had a career night as No. 13 Stanford shook off early woes on both sides of the ball, easing to a 31-10 victory.
The Stanford offensive line was disappointing last season. The talent was there but it didn’t work out as well as most hoped. Under Shaw, where the offensive line goes so does the offense. If the talent and experience already on the line can meet positive production, then the Cardinal might find themselves in their first College Football Playoff.
The 2017 Stanford football recruiting class adequately embodied the old adage Wednesday, as 14 of some of the best recruits from all over the nation signed a National Letter of Intent to play college football in a Cardinal uniform.