Stanford football (3-3, 2-2 Pac-12) completely changed the narrative of its season in a 23-13 win over Washington (5-2, 2-2 Pac-12) on October 5th. Before that monumental home triumph, the Cardinal had a losing record, and their only wins came over two teams with a combined two victories. Stanford looked to be nothing more than a Pac-12 bottom-feeder who might sneak into bowl eligibility, best-case scenario. Instead, the Cardinal proved that they can still compete with the best teams in the conference.
Stanford football (2-3, 1-2 Pac-12) faces long odds against No. 15 Washington (4-1, 1-1
Pac-12) on Saturday. But the Cardinal have a chance if they can win ugly.
An unconvincing, last-second Stanford win over perennial Pac-12 North cellar dwellers Oregon State did little to calm the nerves of the Cardinal faithful. Now, Stanford begins a month at home and a three-game homestand facing No. 15 Washington.
As bad as the opening month of the season has been for Stanford football (1-3, 0-2 Pac-12), it could get worse. All it takes is a road loss to perennial Pac-12 North cellar dweller Oregon State (1-2, 0-0 Pac-12) this Saturday, and the negativity surrounding the program would reach an unprecedented fever pitch.
With three official practices complete, No. 23 Stanford football has opened its fall camp. Ahead of the Aug. 31 season opener against Northwestern, preparation is paramount to success for the Cardinal, a team widely considered to have the toughest schedule in the nation.
Saturday is homecoming for the No. 24 ranked Stanford football (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12) who return to the Farm for the first time since October 6th to take on No. 14 Washington State (6-1, 3-1) in a top-25 showdown to determine control of the Pac-12 North.
Stanford football (5-2, 3-1) recovered from two straight painful losses to get a huge 20-13 road victory over Arizona State (3-4, 1-3) on Thursday night. Senior wide receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside had seven catches for 91 yards and the go-ahead touchdown, his ninth of the year. The Cardinal defense forced three turnovers to keep the Sun Devils offense in check and move Stanford one step closer to a Pac-12 North title.
“It starts with stopping the run.” After three straight games allowing a one hundred yard rusher, defensive coordinator Lance Anderson knows disrupting the Arizona State run game is the top priority for the Stanford defense.
The Stanford Cardinal (4-2, 3-1 Pac-12) will return to action tonight at Arizona State (3-3, 1-2 Pac 12) looking to rebound from consecutive defeats. The Cardinal will come off their bye to play a team in the Sun Devils that has been perfect at home under first year head coach Herm Edwards, including a win against a top 25 ranked opponent in Michigan State.