Over the summer, I had an argument with a friend concerning a subject dear to my heart. He claimed that baseball is not a sport, or at the very least, one of the worst sports. We are no longer friends.
Stanford No. 18 men’s soccer (5-1-3, Pac-12 2-0-0) takes the battle to Berkeley to face off against California (5-3-2, 1-1-0) on Sunday in the two programs’ first meeting of the season.
As Stanford football tries to end its slip into mediocrity with a matchup against the Fighting Irish, another team whose start of the season has took an unexpected turn, The Daily’s Vihan Lakshman investigated Notre Dame’s plans to best the Cardinal in a discussion with Joshua Vowles, the site manager at One Foot Down.
Led by senior Chasson Randle’s game-high 25 points, the Cardinal shot and defended their way to a 69-59 victory. The win marked Stanford’s second straight at Berkeley’s Haas Pavilion and helped the Cardinal maintain its number two ranking in the Pac 12, improving to 12-4 for the season.
The Stanford band ended up on the field all right, but 30 years after “The Play” gave Cal the win and college football one of its most exciting finishes ever, Stanford’s suffocating defense made the 115th Big Game almost anticlimactic with a dominating 21-3 win on Saturday afternoon.
This week, Stanford head coach David Shaw acknowledged this season’s current record as disappointing, but also feels this is a good place for Stanford to be heading into the last stretch of conference games.
The Pac-12 announced Monday that the 115th Big Game between Stanford and Cal will kick off at noon on October 20th, to be televised nationally on FOX. It will be the first Big Game not played in November or December since the rivalry’s inaugural matchup in March of 1892.
Rather than give a long-winded introduction, I’m just going to come right out and say it: USC is now Stanford’s biggest rival. It has surpassed Cal as Enemy No. 1 on the Farm, and rightly so.