This past Saturday, the Stanford football team (7-4, 5-3 Pac-12) headed down to Los Angeles to face off against a top in-state rival – the UCLA Bruins (3-9, 3-6) – and took the game with a final score of 49-42. After crushing Oregon State at home earlier in the month, the team was riding a wave of high-octane offensive production led by junior quarterback KJ Costello. Costello has been the driving force of the team since the first game of the season, filling in as the team’s centerpiece for Bryce Love, who has been unable to recapture his former dominance during this season.
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.
Stanford football is currently ranked seventh in the country coming off of an unbelievable comeback victory in Eugene, Oregon. The Cardinal now face the tall task of heading to South Bend, Indiana to face off against the undefeated, eighth ranked Notre Dame, in what could be the team’s most important game in the last decade. The Daily’s Bobby Pragada, King Jemison, and Gregory Block discuss dealing with the Fighting Irish’s new quarterback, the future direction of the Stanford offense, and the sleeper student to break out in this game.
The end of a sports season can be a sad and upsetting time. There are no games to watch, wins to celebrate or losses to mourn. It is an unsettlingly empty feeling. As a Stanford sports fan, what are we to do when no sports seasons are in progress? Are we supposed to reflect on the four national championships we won last year? Reflection only takes us so far before we crave the beginning of a new season. Are we supposed to watch professional sports? In the mid-summer months, we have nothing to watch but meaningless midseason baseball games and the NBA Summer League, the latter of which is an especially miserable way to spend a summer day.
The Stanford football team comes into its summer practices off of another winning season under coach David Shaw.
As a result, last year’s receiving corps never became productive enough to earn the trust of head coach David Shaw and the offensive playcalling. While junior Trenton Irwin emerged as a viable top candidate and led the offense in yards per game, Stanford’s passing attack ranked dead last in yards per game in the Pac-12 and often stalled when called upon come game time.