Stanford Cardinal season preview
August, 12, 2014
By Kyle Bonagura | ESPN.com
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Previewing the 2014 season for the Stanford Cardinal.
2013 record: 11-3, 7-2 in Pac-12; lost to Michigan State 24-20 in the Rose Bowl
Final grade for 2013: A-minus. The Cardinal finished the BCS era as the lone school to appear in BCS bowls the final four years, but would have preferred to have been back-to-back Rose Bowl champions.
Key returnees: QB Kevin Hogan, LT Andrus Peat, WR Ty Montgomery, DE Henry Anderson, LB A.J. Tarpley, S Jordan Richards
Scott Clarke/ESPN ImagesTy Montgomery caught 61 passes for 958 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.
Key losses: RB Tyler Gaffney, LG David Yankey, RT Cam Fleming, FB Ryan Hewitt, DE Ben Gardner, LB Shayne Skov, LB Trent Murphy, S Ed Reynolds
Instant impact newcomer: RB Christian McCaffrey
Projected winning percentage (ESPN Stats & Information): .680
Chances to win the conference (ESPN Stats & Information): 6.2 percent
Best-case scenario: 14-0
Worst-case scenario: 7-6
Over-under win total (Bovada): 8.5
Biggest question mark: What kind of impact will losing linebackers Shayne Skov and Trent Murphy -- and defensive coordinator Derek Mason -- have on the defense?
Most important game: Nov. 1 at Oregon. Until proved otherwise, this has the appearance of the most important game in the Pac-12.
Upset special: Sept. 27 at Washington. Stanford lost its last game against the Huskies in Seattle and will see a fired-up team looking to break up the Oregon/Stanford stranglehold on the division.
They said it: "It doesn't matter. I don't use it as motivation. I don't get happy or sad about it. It is what it is. I might pick Oregon also. Who knows?" -- Coach David Shaw on Oregon getting picked to win the conference.
9:19 1st Qtr North Carolina State 0 UCF 3 Final Illinois 18 Louisiana Tech 35 Final Rutgers 40 North Carolina 21
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
Final Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 Final Navy 17 San Diego State 16
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State