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A look back at the last three Stanford – Cal matchups

By Evan Buhler, 6 months 4 days ago
There’s nothing quite like the magic of college football rivalries. If it weren’t for the powers of unfiltered, mutual hate, the third Saturday in November would be just another day on the calendar, phrases like the “Iron Bowl” or “Michigan-Ohio State” wouldn’t get hearts racing and — if it weren’t for rivalries — would people really go crazy for the chance to claim an old, worn-down axe? We...

Football podcast: Stanford at Cal

By Evan Buhler, 6 months 4 days ago
Stanford and Cal meet in the 117th Big Game on Saturday in a matchup of 5-5 teams. The Cardinal have won the Axe four straight years, and the Golden Bears smell blood against a Stanford team that has struggled offensively throughout 2014.

Pac-12 Week 13 Preview and Predictions

By Braden Gall, 6 months 4 days ago
The Week 13 slate across the country is pretty sad, but the Pac-12 Conference is here to save college football. Four of the six Pac-12 games feature point spreads that are less than a touchdown and the other two feature teams that need to hold serve at home to keep their respective Pac-12 championship game hopes alive. Most importantly, a historic rivalry in Los Angeles is likely to...

Football back and forth: The Daily Californian

By Evan Buhler, 6 months 5 days ago
Stanford faces Cal in Berkeley on Saturday in the 117th iteration of the Big Game, looking to continue its recent domination of its cross-bay archrival. This year’s contest is likely to be a much closer battle than last year’s 63-13 rout that gave the Cardinal their fourth straight victory in the series. In advance of this weekend’s matchup, The Stanford Daily’s Winston...

Wednesday roundtable: Scoring expectations for the 117th Big Game

By Evan Buhler, 6 months 6 days ago
Stanford’s battle with Cal this Saturday will be a clash of polar opposites – Cal ranks first in the Pac-12 in scoring offense while Stanford ranks 12th, and Stanford ranks first in scoring defense while Cal ranks 12th. With that in mind, we asked football writers Joseph Beyda, David Cohn and Michael Peterson:Is this year’s Big Game more likely to be a high or low scoring matchup? Joseph: I...

A conversation with Christian McCaffrey and Austin Hooper

By Evan Buhler, 6 months 6 days ago
At the end of Tuesday’s practice, The Stanford Daily’s Nicholas Radoff spoke with freshman running back Christian McCaffrey and sophomore tight end Austin Hooper about Saturday’s Big Game. *** The Stanford Daily (TSD): Both your parents were athletes here, so do you have any expectations or memories of the Big Game? Sophomore tight end Austin Hooper (center) has had a strong opening campaign to...

Coach Shaw discusses the close calls that have marked the 2014 football season

By Evan Buhler, 6 months 6 days ago
As Stanford head coach David Shaw gave his weekly media briefing on Tuesday, his mood seemed remarkably downtrodden. Senior linebacker Kevin Anderson (right) has had a tremendous season in his first season as a starter. Anderson is leading the team in tackles for a loss with 10.5 TFL, and tied for third in sacks with 4.5 sacks. (KEVIN HSU/The Stanford Daily) It wasn’t really his tone of voice or...

10 Amazing College Football Stats from Week 12 in the Pac-12

By Braden Gall, 6 months 6 days ago
Athlon Sports brings the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from around the weekend of Pac-12 football action: 0: Arizona State TDs scored in the third quarter since the UCLA gameIronically, the last time Arizona State scored a point in the third quarter, it was against the Bruins. In the disappointing loss to Oregon State, the Beavers held the Sun Devils scoreless in...

Instant Replay: Nate Orchard’s OT sack of Hogan

By Evan Buhler, 6 months 1 week ago
Stanford lost to Utah. They are now 5-5 and below .500 in conference. Against Utah, they couldn’t move the ball in regulation, and they gave up twice as many scores in overtime as they did in the previous 60 minutes. In a game where touchdowns were at a premium, Utah defensive lineman Nate Orchard’s sack of Kevin Hogan to open the second overtime essentially doomed the Cardinal to a field goal;...

Instant Replay: Nate Orchard’s OT sack of Hogan

By Evan Buhler, 6 months 1 week ago
Stanford lost to Utah. They are now 5-5 and below .500 in conference. Against Utah, they couldn’t move the ball in regulation, and they gave up twice as many scores in overtime as they did in the previous 60 minutes. In a game where touchdowns were at a premium, Utah defensive lineman Nate Orchard’s sack of Kevin Hogan to open the second overtime essentially doomed the Cardinal to a field goal;...