One problem for the Spartans will be the absence of top wide receiver Noel Grigsby, who injured his knee in practice on Wednesday and did not make the trip to Minnesota.
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.