At some point, Stanford has to begin to improve before it's too late. So why not this season, right? It's wishful thinking at least, but Oregon and Washington have two of the loudest environments on the West Coast. Stanford has to play on the road against both. As if that's not tough enough, the Cardinal also face Notre Dame and Utah on the road, while having the likes of BYU and USC on the schedule.
"The door is open for the Cardinal to regain their footing in the Pac-12 after a 3-9 season last year, but it's going to take a massive improvement on both lines of scrimmage for that to happen. Stanford couldn't run the ball last season, and it couldn't stop the run, either."
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Wins: Colgate, Oregon State, Arizona State, Washington State
Losses: USC, @ Washington, @ Oregon, @ Notre Dame, @ UCLA, @ Utah, @ California, BYU
This Cardinal team is hanging its hopes on QB Tanner McKee and the word around The Farm is that after having a short COVID year and a full 2021 that he could take a huge leap in to 2022 and get David Shaw's team back into at the very least get to a bowl game.
I actually think Stanford has improved from a season ago. Injuries really hampered their season and if they can stay healthy they'll be a tougher out than the team that upset Oregon before losing seven straight games. However, Stanford faces one of the nation's toughest schedules this fall. Not only does Stanford face nearly a really tough collection of Pac-12 road games (including games at Oregon, UCLA and Utah), but they also play two really challenging non-league games against Notre Dame (on the road) and BYU. Truly, you could convince me Stanford has top half of the league talent, but the schedule is so challenging that arriving at bowl eligibility feels like a near impossibility.