Stanford and Cal meet in the 114th Big Game on Saturday and there is a little more than bragging rights up for grabs.
“While we have a great deal of respect for them,” Cal coach Jeff Tedford said, “it will be a physical game.”
No. 8 Stanford (9-1, 7-1 Pac-12 North) very likely saw its national championship hopes vanish in an instant in its 53-30 loss to Oregon last week. Read More
As the BCS rankings came out for the first time Sunday, one thing was clear: Stanford was not getting help from the computers.
The Cardinal (6-0, 4-0 Pac-12 North) placed eighth in the BCS rankings, but with two high-profile games on the horizon that ranking could change quickly.
The first comes Saturday when No. 22 Washington (5-1, 3-0 Pac-12 North) comes into Stanford Stadium having won three in a row and scoring at least 30 points in every game this season. Read More
No. 7 Stanford has not trailed in a game at any point this season, but may be facing its toughest test to date when the team travels north to take on Washington State on Saturday.
“They look more athletic,” Stanford coach David Shaw said of the Cougars. “They’re playing hard and making plays. They’ve done a good job slowing people down.” Read More
No. 7 Stanford (4-0, 2-0 Pac-12 North) has not had a problem scoring points this season, and part of that has been Andrew Luck’s developing play-calling ability.
“We have one of the few quarterbacks that can do it,” Stanford coach David Shaw said of Luck. “I think he really likes it; He wants that opportunity to come again.”
Luck began calling his own plays periodically during last week’s 45-19 win against UCLA, and Shaw said that was always part of the plan. Read More
"Athletes at Stanford are not heroes." A sociology professor at the university, one Sanford Dorenbusch, said that to Sports Illustrated in 1972 when the mood in America, trying to extricate itself from Vietnam, was very unheroic and the mood at Stanford was not much different than it is now. Read More
The Stanford football team caught its first break of the 2011 season with the weather Monday, as new coach David Shaw was able to watch his squad practice in near-perfect conditions.
The Cardinal will need plenty more breaks to go their way if they plan on duplicating their 12-1 campaign from last year that was capped by an impressive 40-12 win over Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl. Read More