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Ranking the Pac-12's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2014

By Braden Gall, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Will 2014 be the year the SEC is no longer considered the best conference in football? If Larry Scott has anything to do with it, the answer is yes. The Pac-12, on the backs of elite quarterback play and a talented coaching roster, is poised to make a run at the SEC’s supremacy this fall. If it doesn’t eat itself alive, that is. The Pac-12 schedules appear to be the most...

Football preview: Ward, Skov work to become multi-tool fullbacks

By Evan Buhler, 1 month 2 weeks ago
The Stanford offense has made a practice of retooling after the departures of all-time program greats — most notably, at quarterback in 2012 and at running back in 2013. This year it’s the fullbacks’ turn, as the Cardinal looks to fifth-year senior Lee Ward and senior Patrick Skov to replace three-year starter Ryan Hewitt at the position. “We’ve got the same mentality every year, year in and...

Pac-12 Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2014

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 2 weeks ago
It's not easy getting college football coaches to honestly comment on another coach, player or team. Most coaches don't want to give opposing teams billboard material, which is why there is a lot of coach speak or overused cliches used during the year. In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2014, Athlon asked coaches in the Pac-12 to talk anonymously about...

Football preview: Amid heralded junior O-linemen, Austin battles for starting job

By Evan Buhler, 1 month 2 weeks ago
February 1, 2012: a day that saw Stanford assemble arguably the top offensive line class in college football history. Seven offensive linemen — six of them earning at least four stars — joined the Cardinal on that fateful National Signing Day, bringing with them a much-needed air of optimism to a Stanford program that was just 30 days removed from Andrew Luck’s last hurrah. February 1, 2012: a...

A report on Stanford football alums at 49ers training camp

By Evan Buhler, 1 month 2 weeks ago
In 2006, the Stanford football team won just one game. After finishing dead last in the Pac-10, it was time for a change. Head coach Walt Harris was fired after his second season, and was replaced with the head coach from the University of San Diego: Jim Harbaugh. Former Stanford football head coach Jim Harbaugh (above) is going into his fourth season with the San Francisco 49ers. Harbaugh has...

Ranking the Pac-12's Best and Worst Logos in 2014

By Braden Gall, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Official school logos have been and will always be the simplest and most important way for a college program to classify and separate itself from its peers. Some change dramatically over time while others are literally set in stone for decades. Some are edgy, exciting and extremely busy while others are clean, classic and simple.  Every college football program in the nation has an...

Montgomery ‘phenomenal’ in first fall practice; Nwafor likely to retire

By Evan Buhler, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Head coach David Shaw hinted at injury news on two fronts after the preseason No. 11 Cardinal wrapped up its first practice of fall camp on Monday afternoon. Defensive tackle Ikenna Nwafor (right) will likely take a medical retirement, head coach David Shaw said on Monday. (STEPHEN BRASHEAR/isiphotos.com) Shaw first provided an encouraging update on star wide receiver Ty Montgomery, whose...

Predicting the National College Football Awards for 2014

By Braden Gall, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Walk into any major college football facility and you will likely be greeted by some sort of massive trophy case. Some are bigger than others, some are more stocked than others and some are featured more prominently than others. But every school has one. Largely, they are used to show off former exploits and accomplishments on the field to future recruits. “Come to State U...

Shaw, Hogan and Richards represent Cardinal at Pac-12 Media Day

By Evan Buhler, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Stanford football and the other schools of the Pac-12 conference wrapped up the second and final day of Pac-12 Media Day on Thursday at the Paramount Pictures Studio in Hollywood, California. Stanford head coach David Shaw, senior starting quarterback Kevin Hogan and senior strong safety Jordan Richards represented the football program in southern California. Senior strong safety Jordan Richards...

The Pac-12's Top 10 Heisman Candidates for 2014

By Braden Gall, 2 months 2 days ago
Using the past to project the future has major flaws but in the case of the Heisman Trophy, the past can be extremely useful. There are a few numbers college football fans need to know when it comes to the Heisman Trophy and how to handicap the race for the 2014 stiff-armed trophy. First, quarterbacks have won the award four straight years and 12 of the last 14. Mark Ingram (2009) and...