The Stanford Cardinal football team (5-3, 3-2 Pac-12) has fallen out of the AP College Football Top 25 once again, after yet another heart-wrenching loss to Washington State. The good news? The Cougars look like the best team in the Pac-12 and might be heading to the Rose Bowl. The team suffered a ‘quality loss.’ The bad news? Any loss is still a loss. The Cardinal are now effectively eliminated from winning the Pac-12, and to make matters worse, they take on the Washington Huskies on the road this weekend. The Huskies aren’t looking too hot either though, getting upset by Cal just last weekend. What was once billed in the preseason as a marquee matchup is now just a Saturday evening game between two unranked teams. The Stanford Daily’s Andrew Tan, Shan Reddy, and Gregory Block take a look at Stanford’s offensive identity, the defensive game plan against Jake Browning, and the outlook for the rest of the Cardinal’s season.
In what very well may have been quarterback KJ Costello’s best game for the Cardinal, ending with 323 yards and four touchdowns and a strong completion percentage of 79%, Stanford came up just short Saturday night in a tough 41-38 loss to the Washington State Cougars. It was certainly Stanford’s debut as a pass-first team, throwing 43 times compared to only 23 plays on the ground.
No. 24 Stanford football (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12) got the win they needed last week at Arizona State. The Cardinal now control their own destiny in the Pac-12 North and will have a chance to play for the Rose Bowl if they win out. Every Pac-12 showdown is massive at this point because the North is essentially a four team race between Stanford, No. 19 Oregon, No. 15 Washington, and No. 14 Washington State. Every team except Oregon has just one conference loss, so any Pac-12 defeat would drop the Cardinal off the pace and make it nearly impossible for them to still reach the conference championship game. Every game is important, but the next two weeks are just a little bigger.
It seems unreasonable to describe anything as a challenge for the No. 2 ranked Stanford women’s volleyball team. After all, the Cardinal have absolutely steamrolled their way through conference play, dropping only seven sets over the course of 14 matches. However, if there was one team that could stand in the way of an undefeated conference season, it may be No. 11 Washington, who Stanford plays Wednesday as part of a trip to the Pacific Northwest, where they will also face Washington State on Saturday.
No. 15 Stanford returns home and looks ahead to a streaking Washington State team which left Eugene, Oregon, last week with a resounding victory. To preview this game, The Daily’s Vihan Lakshman spoke with sports writer Britton Ransford of CougCenter.com about rebounding seasons, Cougar quarterback Luke Falk and which team he thinks will win this battle on the Farm.
Stanford won its first Pac-12 game of the season and ended a two-game losing streak in the process by defeating Washington State (9-2, 0-2 Pac 12) 78-67 on Wednesday night at Maples Pavilion. Stanford (10-6, 1-2) won its conference opener for the fourth year in a row and improved to 8-1 at home this season.
A win is a win, but it certainly was not the way head coach David Shaw drew it up. A 24-point favorite going in to the game, Stanford (6-2, 4-1 Pac-12) escaped with an unconvincing 24-17 victory over a scrappy Washington State (2-6, 0-5) team that refused to quit.
No. 17 Stanford took it down to the wire, but stopped Washington State on the goal line on the final drive of the game to keeps its Pac-12 hopes alive with a 24-17 win.