Two injury-plagued teams will look to move a step closer to getting their seasons back on track Saturday, as Stanford (4-3, 2-3 Pac-12) travels to Tucson to face Arizona (2-5, 0-4).
A season’s worth of frustrations were only amplified on Saturday as Stanford (4-3, 2-3 Pac-12) failed to score a touchdown in a 10-5 loss to Colorado (6-2, 4-1 Pac-12), which maintains control of its destiny in the Pac-12 South.
At the beginning of the 2016 college football season, Stanford vs. Colorado appeared destined to be a romp, a chance for the Cardinal to take a well-deserved break from facing more worthy competition like UCLA, Washington and Notre Dame. After all, Stanford has outscored the Buffaloes 138-17 in their only three meetings as members of the Pac-12, and the 4-9 Buffs of last season offered no reason to think differently.
Desk editor Kit Ramgopal, senior staff writer Do-Hyoung Park and COO Andrew Mather discuss things to watch and key matchups in this upcoming test for Stanford.
If not the Rose Bowl, it is unlikely that Stanford could make a New Year’s Six bowl game.
A Cardinal defense which had given up 86 points to two Washington teams in the past two weeks finally came together, as a pick-six from sophomore Quenton Meeks kickstarted a second-half rally that would end in a 17-10 victory for the Cardinal (4-2, 3-2 Pac-12) over Notre Dame (2-5) in a turnover-laden game in South Bend, Indiana, on Saturday.
This week was supposed to be about cleaning up an uncharacteristic number of miscues for a famously disciplined program, getting healthier with an extra day of rest and regaining some confidence on the field behind a friendly home environment. Instead, in an “Inception”-like turn of events, the Cardinal were jolted by that bad dream in Seattle only to wake up inside another one.
Coming off an underwhelming loss in Seattle in which both the offense and defense couldn’t generate any momentum, what will be the key for Stanford against a lesser but solid opponent in Washington State at home?