At 6-foot-6 and 261 pounds, no challenge has ever seemed too much for Murphy’s muscle. Stanford’s versatile linebacker, once thought too slender for his sport, has grown into a possible first-round pick in next May’s NFL draft by making up for any shortcomings in his size with his willpower.
Since Stanford won the Pac-12 Conference and the Rose Bowl last season, momentum has been building toward a few pivotal points on the schedule. One of those is now.
Kevin Hogan continues to shine at quarterback, Tyler Gaffney is a bruising force in the backfield, and Ty Montgomery is repeatedly finding wide-open spaces in the secondary.
The Sonny Dykes Era has been as advertised in his first three games as California’s coach: the offense is piling up points, and the defense has been a dud.
One of the nation’s top-ranked rush defenses squares off against one of the country’s best running teams when the fifth-ranked Cardinal visit Army on Saturday.
Having dispatched two mediocre teams at home, No. 4 Ohio State hits the road for the first time when it travels to Cal for a game on Saturday.
The 6-foot-4, 228-pound receiver is developing into one of the team’s top targets after selecting Stanford over eight other schools – including Harvard – because every other program wanted to turn him into a tight end.
This week, more than most, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer really wants his running game to control the ball and keep it away from pass-happy California.
“I’ve seen the plays he had last year,” first-year Cal coach Sonny Dykes said. “We’re ready for him to make some plays like that, some explosive plays. He hasn’t had a chance to do that so far up to this point. We need for him to do it.
There are four games this Saturday pitting Big Ten teams against top Pac-12 competition. This is the best opportunity until bowl season for the conferences to establish themselves as powers of the sport.