The Daily’s Vihan Lakshman and Jose Saldana preview the upcoming season by discussing the quarterback situation, potential breakout players, the Cardinal’s schedule, the replacements for Solomon Thomas and the defense.
The No. 14 Stanford Cardinal will begin that journey in unique fashion, as they take on the Rice Owls at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia on Saturday. “This is like a bowl game for us,” head coach David Shaw said. “There’s an incredible amount of planning goes into it.”
With the start of the 2017 college football season coming soon, a few members of The Daily Sports Staff — Sam Curry (SC), Tristan Vanech (TV), Jose Saldana (JS), Lorenzo Rosas (LR), Sandip Srinivas (SS), Vihan Lakshman (VL) and Jamie MacFarlane (JM) — provided their predictions on how the Cardinal will fare this season and which teams will establish themselves among the top in the nation.
Up by two scores late in the third quarter, Stanford football (6-3, 4-3 Pac-12) moved to grind its opponent into sawdust, running the ball on its final 28 offensive plays of the game en route to a 26-15 victory over the visiting Oregon State Beavers (2-7, 1-5 Pac-12) and extending its program-best streak of bowl eligibility to eight consecutive years.
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When No. 7 Stanford (2-0, 1-0 Pac-12) faced UCLA (2-1, 0-0 Pac-12) last season, the Cardinal offense had already hit its stride. As the Cardinal prepare for their first road trip of the season in Pasadena, a hungry UCLA team that has dropped its last eight meetings with Stanford awaits.
After getting obliterated by Christian McCaffrey in last year’s Pac-12 Championship, USC knew that it had to shut him down in order to take down Stanford. After keeping the junior running back relatively quiet early on, the wheels began to fall off after the Trojans committed the cardinal sin: leaving him wide open.
Following the conclusion of Friday’s practice, the No. 7 Stanford Cardinal announced that defensive lineman Harrison Phillips will not play in Saturday’s game against USC due to a knee injury.