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Here we are again, back in the Pac-12 Championship Game and back against a familiar opponent, the USC Trojans. The Cardinal is undefeated in three appearances in this title game, surviving a last-second field goal to squeak past UCLA in 2012, crushing Arizona State in 2013, and riding Christian McCaffrey... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
It's been ten years since the last time Notre Dame beat the Cardinal in Stanford Stadium. Since that 24-17 win in 2007, the Irish have taken four fruitless trips to Palo Alto, and though the games have all been memorable for one reason or another, they've all ended in victory... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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Nine years ago the Bears crushed Stanford 37-16 to regain the Axe, then won a 34-28 heartbreaker the following year to cap Cal's most successful stretch in Big Game history. They won seven of eight years from 2002-2009, and things were looking up in Berkeley. Over the next four years... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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What if there's a November in the not-too-distant future when the Stanford-Cal game comes up on the schedule and no one notices? What if the Stanford Axe Committee doesn't bother to take that piece of history out of the trophy case and instead watches from the stands with everyone else?... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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I started this blog seven years ago, mainly because I figured my friends needed a break from the lengthly emails I'd send out after each Stanford football game. One of my friends even suggested that my site could grow to the point where I'd be the voice of Stanford football.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
If you watched every minute of Stanford's 15-14 non-loss against Oregon State, you saw a comet singe the edge of Earth's atmosphere, a duckling waddle across a freeway without being touched, a mine field flawlessly navigated by an old man with a white cane. The Cardinal avoided sure disaster on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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In the old days, Washington State was a team that posed no real threat to the Cardinal. There were some narrow wins -- and even a miraculous one in 2015 -- but David Shaw never lost to the Cougars. Until last year. Last year's 42-16 drubbing, which came a week... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
The Oregon State Beavers have struggled through much of the season. After a 35-32 win over Portland State in Week 2, they've dropped five straight games and are currently 0-4 in conference and 1-6 overall. The record, however, probably isn't the worst of it. Gary Andersen, who surprised most observers... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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Once upon a time the Stanford-Oregon game was prime real estate in the television world, almost always landing in the coveted 5:00 PM Pacific time slot on ABC or even a Thursday night prime time broadcast on ESPN. Things have changed. The game that seemed to decide the Pac-12 North... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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The Oregon Ducks were once the gold standard in the Pac-12 -- the West Coast's best hope for a national championship and the only program west of the SEC, aside from USC, that could realistically promote a player for the Heisman Trophy. But after master builder Chip Kelly left for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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For at least the past three or four games I've found myself watching the game within the game. No matter the score, I pay careful attention to the offense, and each time they cross midfield there's a small part of me that's disappointed. Any touchdown from Bryce Love will be... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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What if it never ends? What if Stanford's winning streak over UCLA stretches through the end of this decade and into the next? What if one day fifty years from now, in attempting to persuade a nation to take on a daunting challenge, a President of the United States asks... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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It's been three years since Stanford and Arizona State last met on the field, and although that 26-10 ASU win was rather forgettable for the Cardinal and a statement game for the Sun Devils, the two teams went in opposite directions in the seasons that followed. Stanford concluded the 2014... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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Do you remember Kevin? He was introduced in this space last year during the week leading up to the UCLA game. Kevin was born on October 18th of 2008 on the afternoon of UCLA's last win over Stanford. He'll turn nine in a few weeks, and while he's seen three... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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LOS ANGELES (GMC) -- You've seen this game before, so often that the formula has become expected. Two teams appear to be evenly matched as they trade scores in the early going, but even before the half is over, one team begins to assert itself. In the second half, that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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I'm just going to go ahead and say it, although I know it will cause some to turn away from this site forever. There is no more important opponent on the Stanford schedule than the USC Trojans. Big Game and the rivalry with Cal will always be special in its... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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During the days leading up to Stanford's season opener on Sunday afternoon in Sydney, Australia (Saturday night stateside), head coach David Shaw said that his primary goal was for the team to look prepared. Even though it was August 27th, he didn't want it to look like they were playing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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In 24 hours the speculation will finally end and we'll have something tangible to discuss regarding Stanford Football. For now, however, we're left to look at all the tea leaves we can in our attempts to discern what we might see on the field. The first depth chart of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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When Stanford beat USC in 2007 in The Biggest Upset Ever, it was amazing, but that win came with no guarantee of prolonged success. I've always argued that the single game that announced Stanford Football had turned the corner was the thrashing of USC two years later in 2009. The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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If there is one difference between Stanford Football Now1 and Stanford Football Then2, it is in the overall physicality of the program. When Jim Harbaugh and David Shaw arrived on campus in 2007, they inherited a program with talented players but a lack of internal and external belief. Harbaugh and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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It's been an interesting road that Harrison Phillips has followed. He could end this season as a member of the All-Pac-12 team, but that destination didn't always seem likely. He had a difficult time getting national notice as a high school football player in Nebraska, as most programs assume the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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When last we saw Keller Chryst he was lying on the turf in El Paso after suffering a knee injury in the first half of Stanford's Sun Bowl win over North Carolina. Common sense and all initial reports indicated a torn ACL, an injury that would keep Chryst out of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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The three most well-known wide receivers from this current Golden Age of Stanford football are all currently in the NFL. Two of them have Super Bowl rings and have been to the NFL Pro Bowl, and the third appears on his way to those same heights. But of course, none... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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The tight end is football's rhinoceros. As you look across the college football landscape, littered as it is with high-octane five-receiver sets, any sighting of a tight end is rare, like spotting a white rhino while on safari in the Serengeti. Perhaps instead of hailing Stanford as #TightEndU, maybe the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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If you've been paying attention to Stanford football over the past several years (and obviously you have), you know the story of the Tunnel Workers Union. While Chris Marinelli was toiling at right tackle for the Cardinal in that seminal season of 2009, his father Jim, a member of Tunnel... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at Go Mighty Card