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Football podcast, Thanksgiving edition: Giving thanks for Sonny Dykes, talking Notre Dame

In this week’s edition of the Stanford Football Insider Show, Do-Hyoung Park and Vihan Lakshman are joined by special guest Winston Shi and talk about what they’re thankful for with Stanford football, discuss the state of Stanford’s “bend-but-don’t-break” defense, debate whether the SEC or ACC is Stanford’s best shot at the Playoff and preview a highly-anticipated matchup against Notre Dame.

Mike Sanford hired as Boise State offensive coordinator

Stanford quarterbacks/wide receivers coach Mike Sanford, who also serves as the Cardinal’s recruiting coordinator, has been hired by Boise State to be the Broncos’ next offensive coordinator, in a move originally reported by Football Scoop. Sanford is expected to coach the Cardinal in the 100th Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1 against Michigan State, according to Chadd Cripe of the Idaho Statesman.

A look inside Stanford football’s brain trust

It’s the elephant in the film room of Stanford’s opponents — a formation so big and heavy that offensive coordinator Mike Bloomgren can almost feel the ground shake when he sends it out onto the field.

Few short-yardage formations in college football are as intimidating as the Cardinal’s 3,200-pound behemoth. As if the seven offensive linemen at the line of scrimmage aren’t enough for a defense to handle, there’s two more 300-pounders in the backfield as well, forming a triangle with the running back.

Wednesday roundtable: Who is the Card’s next breakout player?

Stanford’s unexpected 2012 Rose Bowl run can, in large part, be pinned on a handful of breakout players: quarterback Kevin Hogan, safeties Ed Reynolds and Jordan Richards and wide receiver Kelsey Young. With all four of those performers now established at their positions, we asked Daily football beat writers Joseph Beyda, George Chen and Sam Fisher: Who will be Stanford’s biggest unexpected contributor in 2013?

Football preview: Hogan embraces leadership role, ready to take the next step

It’s late in the fourth quarter of the 2012 Pac-12 Championship Game. On the rain-soaked field, Stanford has the ball at its own 28-yard line with less than five minutes left in the game, facing a third-and-2 and desperately clinging to a three-point lead. An eager UCLA defense, with no more timeouts to spare, looks to get the ball back into the hands of Bruins quarterback Brett Hundley.