‘Scout Team’ Stanford Falls to Northwestern

September 5, 2015

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard My, oh my. Where do I even start? Let’s just say Stanford, my national championship pick, is really looking great. Time to head down to Vegas and make a living (For the casinos). Let’s check in on Stanford: pic.twitter.com/RBp5eHsVCe — Ryan Nanni (@celebrityhottub) September 5, 2015 The heavily-favored Stanford Cardinal suffered an abominable 16-6 loss on Saturday at the hands (or paws?) of the Northwestern…


New Year’s Resolutions for Stanford

December 31, 2014

By: Ben Leonard Follow Ben on Twitter @Ben___Leonard After a poor 2014 season, Stanford has several areas it can improve upon. 8-5 is simply not enough for Cardinal fans after such a sustained period of success under Jim Harbaugh, and later, David Shaw. Sure, they were just a few plays away from beating three ranked teams in USC, Notre Dame, and Utah. However, if they controlled the line of scrimmage…


Cardinal End Poor Season on High Note, Thrash Terps 45-21

December 30, 2014

By: Ben Leonard Follow Ben on Twitter @Ben___Leonard Stanford came into Tuesday’s Foster Farms Bowl as heavy favorites against the Maryland Terrapins. They left nothing to be desired after a dominant 45-21 win over the Terps, controlling both sides of the ball. The Cardinal held 35-7 lead early in the third quarter, and took their foot off the gas after that. They did so without Ty Montgomery, who was out with a…


Stanford’s Offensive Game Plan Versus Maryland

December 22, 2014

By: Ben Leonard Follow Ben on Twitter @Ben___Leonard Stanford comes into the Foster Farms Bowl on December 30th as heavy favorites over the Maryland Terrapins. They have finally found an offensive rhythm in the past two weeks, rolling to dominant wins over Cal and UCLA. Star receiver Ty Montgomery is questionable, but that hasn’t affected Stanford. How can the Cardinal maintain its offensive momentum against the Terps? First, Stanford must establish the running…


Stanford’s Offense Is Better Without Ty Montgomery

December 17, 2014

By: Ben Leonard Follow Ben on Twitter @Ben___Leonard To make it clear, Ty Montgomery is a great receiver, one of the best in Stanford history. I am not making light of his injury. However, Stanford’s offense is objectively better with the star player out of the lineup. After he left with an injury in the Big Game, Stanford romped to beat Cal, and subsequently UCLA. Their offense soared, keyed by…


A Way Too Early Look at the Foster Farms Bowl

December 7, 2014

By: Ben Leonard Stanford was officially given a berth in the Foster Farms Bowl on Sunday, which has previously been dubbed the Emerald Bowl, the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, and the Fight Hunger Bowl. It was held at AT&T Park for all of its previous existence, and now is being moved to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. The bowl will remain at the venue for at least the next six…


Hogan Pulls Best Luck Impression, Leads Cardinal to 31-10 Upset Victory

November 28, 2014

By: Ben Leonard The Stanford Cardinal had UCLA’s number heading into Saturday, winning their last six meetings against the Bruins. Saturday was no different, as Stanford controlled all facets of the game to make it seven straight, outgaining the eighth-ranked Bruins 436-262 in a dominant 31-10 win. Senior quarterback Kevin Hogan keyed the victory with his efficiency, supported by a strong rushing attack and defense. Stanford indeed played the spoiler against…


Cardinal Looks to Play Spoiler vs. UCLA

November 26, 2014

By: Ben Leonard Follow Ben on Twitter @Ben___Leonard Despite a 38-17 dismantling of the Cal Bears Saturday, Stanford’s already depleted offense is in shambles with the loss of Ty Montgomery. The dominant, all-purpose receiver was ruled out of Friday’s game against UCLA with a sprained shoulder. The Cardinal are tied for last in the Pac-12 in scoring offense, a unit that is holding back the conference’s unquestioned best defense. They face a…


Hogan, Wright Make Up For Injured Montgomery To Take Axe

November 22, 2014

By: Ben Leonard Stanford might have lost their senior, play-making wide receiver in Ty Montgomery for the season, but the offense didn’t miss a beat in a 38-17 drubbing of Cal. X-rays were negative on his surgically-repaired right shoulder after landing hard on it early in the first quarter. Reymound Wright had four touchdowns against a terrible Cal defense, and Stanford’s defense was simply too much for the Golden Bears. Stanford’s…


Despite Differing Motives, Big Game Still “Big” for Both Stanford, Cal

November 21, 2014

By: Ben Leonard In the 117th meeting between the two long-time Bay Area rivals, Stanford and Cal, despite both with the same 5-5 record, could not feel any more different heading into Saturday’s game. Stanford is trending downward after huge expectations, while Cal has made major strides after a dreadful 1-11 2013 season. No current player on Cal has ever beaten Stanford, so the Golden Bears will come out hungry…