The 2020 Stanford Cardinal football schedule was removed from the athletics department website, but reports are stating that Stanford is likely adding Arizona State to their new 10-game, Pac-12 only schedule.
Mercury News’ Jon Wilner reported late last week that the Pac-12 is working to finalize a 10-game, conference-only schedule for all 12 member universities, as opposed to the already planned nine-game schedule.
This move would add one opponent for each school and it looks like Stanford’s addition is going to be Arizona State.
Stanford already lost games against William & Mary, BYU and Notre Dame but would pick up a might challenge against Jayden Daniels and a talented Arizona State team.
The Cardinal already had Arizona, USC, UCLA, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Colorado and Cal on their schedule, so it was either Arizona State or Utah that had to be added.
If the model looks anything like what the ACC proposed yesterday, the schedule may not include divisions and rather would pit the two teams with the highest conference winning percentage in this 10-game schedule in the eventual Pac-12 Championship Game.
We also learned that UCLA moved their two games against USC and Cal up to the first two games of the season, that should now start on September 19. That will be the first meeting between UCLA and USC in September since 1945. The reasoning behind this, of course, is to alleviate travel distance for teams, so it’s highly likely that Stanford’s schedule alters a bit to face off against in-state foes first, as opposed to later.
The Pac-12 is meeting with university presidents and chancellors to get official word and we’re expecting to hear by Friday at the earliest.