Three years, three BCS bowls for a Stanford football program experiencing the strongest stretch in their history. Regression was expected in 2012 after Andrew Luck left for the NFL, but a dominant defense (11th-best in the FBS) kept Stanford in elite territory through a tough schedule. The passing game wasn’t very good last year behind Josh Nunes, but backup Kevin Hogan will start this year and he was much more effective. Stanford loses 1,530-yard rusher Stepfan Taylor but has a surplus of guys who can take over, including Tyler Gaffney who left to play minor league baseball last year but returns. Anthony Wilkerson and Remound Wright will get the rest of the carries, and Hogan can run a little too. At wide receiver, Stanford’s top targets last year are gone, and they weren’t that effective to begin with. Perhaps the question of this season is whether or not receiving options can be found, because they can’t be 95th-ranked in the FBS again and hope to contend for a championship. Defensively, the front seven is what makes this team so good. We’re looking at a team that held Oregon (nearly 50 points per game) to 14 points in a game last season, after shutting out Colorado a few weeks before. Stanford should stay at the top of the Pac-12.
The Stanford Cardinals are members of the Pac 12 Conference. They operate under head coach David Shaw at Stanford Stadium, which holds just about 50,000 fans. All-time, Stanford has 13 conference titles, two national titles, and 24 bowl appearances. Their biggest rivalries are with USC, Notre Dame (which won’t help their schedule this year), and geographical rival California. Jim Plunkett and John Elway highlight their famous NFL alumni, but Toby Gerhart finished second in the Heisman to Alabama’s Mark Ingram in 2009. This season the Cardinals look to get back to the BCS and Gold Coast Tickets does not want you to miss out on the action. Gold Coast Tickets has the best selection for all your college football needs this season!