Stanford Football 2014 Schedule Preview

Stanford Football 2014 Schedule Preview

Stanford Coach David Shaw
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Stanford has had continued success as David Shaw picked up where Jim Harbaugh left off. Coming off of two straight Pac-12 titles, Stanford looks for a three-peat in 2014. Can Kevin Hogan and his explosive wide receivers get the Cardinal into the first ever College Football Playoff?

UC Davis at Stanford

Kevin Hogan
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UC Davis at Stanford

Kevin Hogan
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The 2014 season will open up with basically a preseason game against UC Davis. The athletic trainers for UC Davis will deserve a bonus for the amount of treatment they will need to give their players after this one. Stanford will get a nice warmup and a big win without breaking a sweat. WIN (1-0)

USC at Stanford

Stanford vs USC
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USC at Stanford

Stanford vs USC
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The Trojans, led by Ed Orgeron, upset the Stanford Cardinal in 2013 but don’t expect that to happen again this time around. Steve Sarkisian struggled to win big games at Washington and will do the same at USC. The smaller scholarship numbers and inferior coaching will lead to a 10-point Stanford victory. WIN (2-0)

Army at Stanford

Stanford vs Army
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Army at Stanford

Stanford vs Army
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Army did give Stanford some trouble last year as they only lost to the Cardinal by 14, but this year’s game is in Palo Alto. Kevin Hogan will get to work on his long ball in this one ,and his top targets Ty Montgomery and Devon Cajuste will put up big numbers. Stanford will do its Mike Tyson (The young Mike Tyson) impression on Army and put this one away early. WIN (3-0)

Stanford at Washington

Chris Peterson
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Stanford at Washington

Chris Peterson
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The first road game for the Cardinal will be a true test that Stanford will ultimately pass. The Huskies bring in one of the best coaches in football in Chris Petersen. They will also be introducing quarterback Cyler Miles to the conference. Facing the strong Stanford defense will be too tough of a task for an inexperienced QB. WIN (4-0)

Stanford at Notre Dame

Notre Dame vs Stanford
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Stanford at Notre Dame

Notre Dame vs Stanford
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Heading into historic Notre Dame Stadium in what has turned into quite an intriguing rivalry with the Irish will be another instant classic. The Cardinal think they got a raw deal the last time they visited South Bend when a controversial fourth down play was blown dead before Stephan Taylor crossed the goal line. The Cardinal pass rush will harass Everett Golson and get revenge in overtime. WIN (5-0)

Washington State at Stanford

Alex Carter
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Washington State at Stanford

Alex Carter
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A Friday night matchup with the pass happy Cougars will not intimidate Stanford’s defensive backs. Corner Alex Carter will have his best game of the season shutting down receivers and picking off Connor Halliday. Stanford wins by 17. WIN (6-0)

Stanford at Arizona State

Sparky
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Stanford at Arizona State

Sparky
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A rematch of last year’s Pac-12 Championship Game will produce a similar result of the 38-14 drubbing given by the Cardinal. Stanford has proven that they are much more physical than the Sun Devils even with Will Sutton and Carl Bradford. Without those two, ASU doesn’t have a chance. WIN (7-0)

Oregon State at Stanford

David Shaw and Sean Mannion
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Oregon State at Stanford

David Shaw and Sean Mannion
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The Beavers present the Cardinal with a possible “trap game” in the midst of a tough stretch on the schedule. David Shaw is one of the best coaches in the nation, though, and he will have his team focused. Still, with Oregon looming ahead next week, Stanford will need a late score to win a close one here. WIN (8-0)

Stanford at Oregon

Stanford vs Oregon
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Stanford at Oregon

Stanford vs Oregon
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In what has become the premier game in the conference, the Cardinal will travel to Eugene (so will College Gameday) and pull off the upset. Oregon has much more talent and speed than the Cardinal, but the superior coaching of Stanford will prevail. Marcus Mariota will get knocked around for the first time all season, and Stanford will win on a late field goal. WIN (9-0)

Utah at Stanford

Utah Football
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Utah at Stanford

Utah Football
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Finally Stanford gets a break in the schedule to face Utah, whose bowl hopes are fading fast. Think Stanford won’t be ready for this game after overlooking the Utes last year? The Cardinal will thrash whichever Utah quarterback is starting this game en route to an easy victory. WIN (10-0)

Stanford at Cal

Sonny Dykes
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Stanford at Cal

Sonny Dykes
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Stanford gets what has turned into an additional conference bye week by playing the Cal Bears in this historic rivalry. Cal will need a lot more than a bunch of laterals to pull off this upset. The matchup between the conference’s best coach against the conference’s worst coach in Sonny Dykes will produce a lopsided win for Stanford. WIN (11-0)

Stanford at UCLA

Brett Hundley
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Stanford at UCLA

Brett Hundley
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With the Pac-12 North title already locked up and a spot in the first College Football Playoff looming, Stanford finally takes a dive in the last game of the year. The UCLA Bruins and their incredibly talented quarterback Brett Hundley will pull off the upset in the Rose Bowl. Stanford players will walk off the field like they all saw a ghost. LOSS (11-1)

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