The Stanford Cardinal football team will head into the 2013 season as the second best team in the nation, according to Sports Illustrated. The team is coming off a 2012 campaign that saw them going 12-2 in the Pac-12 Conference, winning the conference championship and Rose Bowl. The team will have high hopes for not only a repeat of last season, but to make it a little further. Let’s look back on the 2012 team and what they have to look forward to in 2013.
2013 Home Games:
Stanford Cardinal vs. Arizona Sun Devils – 9/21/13
Stanford Cardinal vs. Washington Huskies – 10/5/13
Stanford Cardinal vs. UCLA Bruins – 10/19/13
Stanford Cardinal vs. Oregon Ducks – 11/7/13
David Shaw entered the 2012 season as a second year coach looking to rebound following a Fiesta Bowl loss to Oklahoma State in overtime to finish his rookie season. He was able to follow up an 11-2 mark with a 12-2 campaign. The two games the Cardinal team lost were both games they could have won, first 17-13 to Washington and then to Notre Dame 20-13 in overtime. Despite those losses, they won the final eight games of their season including the 20-14 win against Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.
Key 2013 Games:
The Cardinal will have a difficult road to repeating as Pac-12 champions this season as their schedule is filled with big games on the road and at home. What are some of the biggest games on their schedule?
• Saturday, October 19 – vs. UCLA
Last season, in front of nearly 70,000 fans, Stanford ran straight through UCLA on their way to a 35-17 win in their first meeting. In the second meeting, contested for the Pac-12 Championship, UCLA made it closer, losing by just three points and will hope to twist the score around when these two conference rivals meet.
• Thursday, November 7 – vs. Oregon
This nationally televised game will feature two teams that very well could be ranked in the top five before the opening kickoff. Last season, Oregon was the top ranked team in the nation when they met and Stanford pulled out the three point win in overtime.
Other Games of Note:
Saturday, November 16 – @USC
Saturday, November 30 – vs. Notre Dame
Stanford will look to redeem themselves this season when they battle Notre Dame in the regular season finale. The winner of this game could be on their way to the BCS National Championship.