For the third straight year, No. 24 Stanford (5-3, 3-2 Pac 12) fell to No. 14 Washington State (7-1, 4-1). For the second straight year, a heartbreaking margin of three points separated the two sides, as the Cougars were able to kick a go-ahead field goal with nineteen seconds remaining to defeat the Cardinal 41-38.
No. 24 Stanford football (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12) got the win they needed last week at Arizona State. The Cardinal now control their own destiny in the Pac-12 North and will have a chance to play for the Rose Bowl if they win out. Every Pac-12 showdown is massive at this point because the North is essentially a four team race between Stanford, No. 19 Oregon, No. 15 Washington, and No. 14 Washington State. Every team except Oregon has just one conference loss, so any Pac-12 defeat would drop the Cardinal off the pace and make it nearly impossible for them to still reach the conference championship game. Every game is important, but the next two weeks are just a little bigger.
No. 14 Stanford (4-2, 2-1 Pac-12) suffered its second straight loss Saturday night, this time falling 40-21 to unranked Utah (3-2, 1-2 Pac-12) in Stanford Stadium. It was the first home loss for the Cardinal in nearly two years. Utah took advantage of four Stanford turnovers, turning them into 17 points, including an 100 yard pick six from defensive back Jaylon Johnson off an errant throw from junior quarterback KJ Costello. Running back Zack Moss keyed the efficient Utes offense with 160 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
The No. 14 ranked Stanford Football team suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of Notre Dame last Saturday during a tough road game in South Bend, Indiana. Although the team’s hopes of making it into the College Football Playoff are all but gone, they are still at the top of the Pac-12 North, and have the championship game set in their sights. This week they return to the Farm to take on the Utah Utes, a team riding a two-game losing streak. The Daily’s Gregory Block, King Jemison and Bobby Pragada discuss a winning game plan for the Cardinal, who they think will win the battles in the trenches and the competition level in the rest of the Pac-12.
The No. 7 Stanford Cardinal (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12) came into South Bend with a perfect record and College Football Playoff hopes. They left with an ugly 38-17 loss to No. 8 Notre Dame (5-0) and a lot of questions after allowing 550 yards of offense through the entire game and mustering a pitiful 30 yards themselves in the second half.
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.
Football returns to the Farm on Friday, and it could be the start of a special season. Stanford comes into Friday night’s matchup with San Diego State ranked 13th in the country, making them the second highest ranked team in the Pac-12 behind No. 6 Washington. Senior running back Bryce Love begins the year as the Heisman favorite according to Vegas. With 15 starters and the vast majority of last year’s offensive production returning, Cardinal fans hope this could finally be the year Stanford breaks into the College Football Playoff. But while there is plenty of experience coming back, there are also a myriad of questions surrounding head coach David Shaw’s team in 2018.