Stanford Cardinal Season Prediction, What Will Happen
Start with this – there’s no way Stanford is going to be that bad again.
It might not be back to its Pac-12 championship form of a few years ago, but it should be a whole lot better than the version that couldn’t score or do anything right over the back half of last year.
The parts appear to be there, and at least there are options, size, and potential good players to make the lines better and stronger.
However, it’s Stanford. After playing all programs from Power Five conferences last year, it’s still not taking it easy on itself to go along with a Pac-12 that ditched divisions.
Set The Stanford Cardinal Regular Season Win Total At … 5
On the plus side, start with this – there’s a cupcake game against an FCS team this year.
The Cardinal start out against Colgate to at least get things going on the right foot. And …
They not only don’t get any other layup non-conference games – at Notre Dame, BYU – but they get the horrible break in Pac-12 play of missing the – likely – two worst teams, Arizona and Colorado.
They have to go to Oregon, Washington, UCLA, Utah, and Notre Dame. If they can somehow win two of those, they’ll take it, but more realistically they’ll be looking to get just one out of that.
There need to be home wins over Oregon State, Arizona State, and Washington State – to go along with Colgate – for a good base, and going up the road and taking down Cal is a must to have any real hope of going bowling.
It doesn’t seem right to underestimate Stanford, but coming up with a winning season might take a heavy lift.