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Wednesday roundtable: What needs to be accomplished in Big Game?

After falling to USC on Saturday, Stanford is preparing to face Cal after a loss for a third consecutive season. Though the Cardinal won’t have trouble finding inspiration for Big Game, the end of team’s season has lost some of its intrigue now that Stanford doesn’t control its own BCS bowl destiny. We asked football writers Winston Shi, Do-Hyoung Park and David Cohn: What steps should the Cardinal be looking to take as a 31-point favorite against the Bears?

Shi: Patience makes perfect

It will takes time to build something that will last. The U.S. soccer team’s win over a German B team last Sunday wasn’t enough to make up for it’s loss to Belgium four days earlier, and the national team continues to tread water. While fans demand short-term success, it is a long-term vision that is really needed.

If he is introducing innovations to the American game that will resonate throughout the entire youth system, we probably won’t be able to tell the difference for at least a decade, probably more.