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It's impossible to know how last year's loss affected this 123rd and most unusual edition of Big Game. Probably not at all for the players on the field. Stanford players were likely a bit more motivated to win back the Axe, Cal players were likely a bit more confident having... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Go Mighty Card
Of all the things that were lost in 2019, of all the streaks that went by the wayside, the most painful and most tangible loss was the Axe. I will admit to taking it for granted. Cal had last beaten Stanford in 2009, in a game that was given away... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Go Mighty Card
I spent only thirty minutes or so rehashing Stanford's most recent loss on Saturday afternoon before making an intentional decision to move on. I gathered the wife and kids in the family room for some takeout and slid a movie into the disc player. The burger was deliciously decadent, the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2020 at Go Mighty Card
When my phone buzzed on Saturday afternoon exactly one hundred minutes before the scheduled kickoff of Stanford's season opener, I reached for it with anticipation. I had been getting news alerts and gleeful texts from friends and family all day long, so I assumed it was more of the same... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2020 at Go Mighty Card
As the summer months crept along and the Covid maps burned a dark red, there were no indications that we would see any college football this academic year, and certainly nothing in the fall. Though some aren't convinced that the public health environment has changed much over the past three... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2020 at Go Mighty Card
When I started writing in this space back in October of 2010, all I really wanted to do was write about Stanford Football. I hoped that a few people beyond my friends might discover the site, and maybe they'd even come back from time to time. During the course of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2020 at Go Mighty Card
Key Stats: St. John Bosco High School|Orange, CA Center|6'2"|270 pounds Rivals Rank: Four stars|#5 Center Key Offers: Arizona State, Oregon, Penn State, USC Profile: Sometimes it can be difficult to analyze game film for top high school prospects. You don't usually need to be a recruiting expert to identify blue... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2020 at Go Mighty Card
If you're like me -- I think you are -- and you've been waiting on the edge of your seat for the Pac-12 to release its 2020 schedule, the long wait is over. It'll be more than eight months before the Cardinal players can officially rinse the bad taste of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2020 at Go Mighty Card
Key Stats: Greater Atlanta Christian School|John's Creek, GA Offensive Tackle|6'7"|310 pounds Rivals Rank: Five stars|#4 Offensive Tackle|#30 Overall Player Key Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State Profile: All the major football programs in American were interested in him, and more than a dozen made scholarship offers, but... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2020 at Go Mighty Card
Key Stats: Jesuit Dallas|Dallas, TX Running Back|6'0"|194 pounds Rivals Rank: Four stars|#3 Athlete Key Offers: Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Texas, Texas A&M, USC Profile: It will be difficult to watch EJ Smith without making comparisons to someone. The most obvious comparison will be to his father, Emmitt, the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2020 at Go Mighty Card
Notre Dame finished the 2016 season at 4-8. Only four times in 120 years of Notre Dame football have the Irish had a worse record than that, so there was no surprise when head coach Brian Kelly made dramatic changes during the off-season. The criticisms Kelly heard back then are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2019 at Go Mighty Card
A few years ago, in one of my favorite Big Game recaps, I half-jokingly predicted that Stanford's winning streak over Cal would extend to seventeen games. The only reason to suspect otherwise back in 2016 was the knowledge that things even out over time, but from a football point of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2019 at Go Mighty Card
Stanford may have a decided edge in the all-time football series with the Cal Bears, but Big Game is not just about numbers. The Stanford Axe has been on display in the Arrillaga Sports Center for the past ten years, but Big Game is not just about a trophy. On... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2019 at Go Mighty Card
If I had told you back in August that three different players would start at quarterback for the Cardinal this season and that none of those three would start as many as three consecutive games, you might've known what was coming. If I had told you that nine different players... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2019 at Go Mighty Card
Could it be that we're finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel? After struggling for weeks with injuries and uncertainty at multiple positions on both sides of the ball, the Cardinal looks to be stable, if not dramatically healthier. We should see the same five starters along... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2019 at Go Mighty Card
What a difference ten days can make. If you watched the loss to UCLA last week, you endured one of the worst offensive performances of the David Shaw era. Led by a third-string quarterback, the Cardinal finished with only 198 total yards, earned just 11 first downs, and averaged a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2019 at Go Mighty Card
It's been three years since Stanford and Arizona last saw each other on the field of play, and a lot has happened for both teams since the Cardinal's 34-10 win over the Wildcats in 2016. In 2017, while Bryce Love was rewriting the Stanford record book, Arizona's Khalil Tate was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2019 at Go Mighty Card
While it might be tempting to dispense with the formality of a preview that even pretends that UCLA has a chance of beating Stanford on Thursday night and ending the Bruins' eleven-game losing streak against the Cardinal, this is not the season for that. If we've learned anything from the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2019 at Go Mighty Card
In a blueprint game that could've been pulled from the 2013 Stanford Media guide, the Cardinal produced its best effort of the season with a 23-13 win over Washington and reminded fans that yes, this program knows exactly who they are. The Cardinal took the field on Saturday night with... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2019 at Go Mighty Card
Right now Saturday's game against the Washington Huskies doesn't look to be as important as last week's win over Oregon State, but it could be. For the second time in three weeks the Cardinal will take the field at Stanford Stadium as double-digit underdogs, a reflection of how fall the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2019 at Go Mighty Card
Well, here we are. After losing three of the first four games of the season for the first time in more than a decade, the Cardinal arrives in Corvallis today at a crossroads. This game can't make the season, but it can certainly break it. A win will mean more... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2019 at Go Mighty Card
It was always going to be a challenge. When the dust settled after last season and fans began to look towards 2019, the opening four games of the schedule were daunting, to say the least. While most Power 5 teams spend September welcoming their local Directional States for a paycheck... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2019 at Go Mighty Card
We've been here before, but only a few times in the David Shaw era. Four times, to be exact. Only four times before today has a Shaw team walked into Stanford Stadium as an underdog. Not only does that say something about the strength of the program over the past... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2019 at Go Mighty Card
Considering the 2,446-mile flight, the three-hour time difference, the ninety degree heat, and the ninety percent humidity, Saturday's game was always going to be a difficult challenge for the Cardinal. When you then consider that Stanford was already missing a few key players at kickoff and that an excellent UCF... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2019 at Go Mighty Card
When Stanford and Central Florida agreed to a home-and-home series in September of 2014, it looked like a great deal for the Cardinal. Yes, the Knights had been 12-1 in 2013, culminating the season with a win over #12 Baylor in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, but when they dipped to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2019 at Go Mighty Card