COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW: #18 STANFORD CARDINAL CAPSULE

HEAD COACH: David Shaw (8th Season)

RECORD AT STANFORD: 73-22

CAREER RECORD: 73-22

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Tavita Pritchard

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Lance Anderson

STADIUM: Stanford Stadium (50,424)

 

FIVE-YEAR-WINNING TREND:

2013: 11 – 3

2014: 8 – 5

2015: 12 – 2

2016: 10 – 3

2017: 9 – 5

 

2018 SCHEDULE

August 31 San Diego State

September 8 USC

September 15 UC Davis

September 22 at Oregon

September 29 at Notre Dame

October 6 Utah

October 18 at Arizona State

October 27 Washington State

November 3 at Washington

November 10 Oregon State

November 17 at California

November 24 at UCLA

 

2017 RESULTS

Rice 62 – 7

USC 24 – 42

San Diego State 17 – 20

UCLA 58 – 34

Arizona State 34 – 24

Utah 23 – 20

Oregon 49 – 7

Oregon State 15 – 14

Washington State 21 – 24

Washington 30 – 22

California 17 – 14

Notre Dame 38 – 20

USC 28 – 31

TCU 37 – 39

 

2017 STATS – OFFENSE

SCORING: 32.4

RUSHING: 202.4

PASSING: 186.3

TOTAL: 388.6

 

2017 STATS – DEFENSE

SCORING: 22.7

RUSHING: 169.0

PASSING: 236.1

TOTAL: 405.1

 

RETURNING STARTERS OFFENSE: 8

WR Trenton Irwin

WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside

LG Nate Herbig

C Jesse Burkett

RT AT Hall

QB KJ Costello

RB Bryce Love

RT Devery Hamilton

 

RETURNING STARTERS DEFENSE: 6

DE Dylan Jackson

LB Bobby Okereke

CB Alijah Holder

LB Jordan Perez

CB Alameen Murphy

S Frank Buncom

 

2018 UNIT CONFERENCE RANKINGS

QB: 6

RB: 1

WR/TE: 4

OL: 1

DL: 7

LB: 4

DB: 8

 

PRE-SEASON PAC 12 SELECTIONS

RB Bryce Love (First Team)

WR JJ Arcega- Whiteside (First Team)

TE Kaden Smith (First Team)

OL Nate Herbig (First Team)

LB Bobby Okereke (First Team)

PR Shun Brown (First Team)

OL Walker Little (Second Team)

K Jet Toner (Second Team)

P Jake Bailey (Second Team)

C Jesse Burkett (Third Team)

 

2017 CONFERENCE STANDINGS

NORTH

  1. Stanford 7 – 2
  2. Washington 7 – 2
  3. Washington state 6 – 3
  4. Oregon 4 – 5
  5. California 2 – 7
  6. Oregon State 0 – 9

 

SOUTH

  1. USC 8 – 1
  2. Arizona State 6 – 3
  3. Arizona 5 – 4
  4. UCLA 4 – 5
  5. Utah 3 – 6
  6. Colorado 2 – 7

 

TOP RETURNING LEADERS

PASSING: KJ Costello, 124 – 211 –1,573 – 14TD – 4INT

RUSHING: Bryce Love, 263 –2,118 – 19TD

RECEIVING: JJ Arcega- Whiteside, 48 – 781 – 9TD

TACKLES: Bobby Okereke, 96

SACKS: Bobby Okereke, 4.0

INTERCEPTIONS: Frank Buncom, 3

 

2018 TOP RECRUITS

QB Tanner McKee, Corona, California

QB Jack West, Saraland Alabama

WR Michael Wilson, Simi Valley, California

DE Andres Fox, Mobile, Alabama

DE Thomas Booker, Ellicott City, Maryland

CB Kendall Williamson, Snellville, Georgia

LB Toby Umerah, Macon, Georgia

C Trey Stratford, Allen, Texas

LB Jacob Mangum-Farrar, Sugar Land, Texas

LB Caleb Kelly, Fairburn, Georgia

 

2018 PROJECTED RECORD: 8 – 4, 6 – 3 PAC 12

 

2018 BOWL PROJECTION: Fiesta Bowl

 

2018 PAC 12 PREDICTIONS

NORTH

  1. Washington
  2. Stanford
  3. Oregon
  4. California
  5. Washington State
  6. Oregon State

 

SOUTH

  1. USC
  2. Utah
  3. Arizona
  4. UCLA
  5. Colorado
  6. Arizona State

 

2018 RECRUITING RANKINGS

  1. USC
  2. Washington
  3. Oregon
  4. UCLA
  5. Utah
  6. Arizona State
  7. Stanford
  8. California
  9. Washington State
  10. Colorado
  11. Arizona
  12. Oregon State

 

FINAL PREDICTION

Stanford received great news when Heisman runner-up Bryce Love decided to return for his senior season. The Cardinal offense hasn’t eclipsed 40 points per game since the 2011 season. That could change in 2018. If Love can match or exceed his production from last season, Stanford is an excellent position to challenge for a conference championship. Quarterback KJ Costello has another year of experience underneath his belt and that could make the difference between finishing first and finishing third in the northern division. Stanford visits Washington on November 3, but we’ll get a really good look at Stanford September 8 when they host USC, September 22 at Oregon, September 29 at Notre Dame and October 6 against Utah.