With no game in Week 1, Saturday was our first chance to see Stanford in action, and the 34-13 win over San Jose State taught us a few things:
Hiding Hogan? Even with athletic quarterback Kevin Hogan at the reigns, the Cardinal was content in letting the sophomore hand it off and get out of the way. A mirage before Pac-12 play begins? Sure seems like it. Hogan is too gifted a runner not to be a bigger part of what Stanford does offensively. He carried just three times for 17 yards.
Montgomery is healthy: When tight end Zach Ertz left for the NFL, he took the bulk of Stanford's receptions with him. Ty Montgomery figured to be the most likely candidate to take over as the top option for Hogan, but that was confirmed against San Jose State. Montgomery's four-catch, 81-yard performance seemed to back up coach David Shaw's claim that Montgomery is faster now than during his standout freshman season.
Buzz in the Bay: Back-to-back BCS games didn't do much in terms of building a level of excitement for Stanford football in 2012. The team opened to a small crowd against San Jose State last year, but this year was much different. The sellout crowd of 50,424 on Saturday was Stanford Stadium's biggest since 2008.