Stanford has been picked by the Pac-12 coaches to win the conference title again this season behind reigning Player of the Year Chiney Ogwumike.
Almost every time a Pac-12 challenger has emerged recently to oppose Stanford and Oregon—the winners of the last four conference championships—the Cardinal and Ducks show just how much of a gap there is between them and everybody else.
Winning the Pac-12 is the only goal Stanford coach David Shaw talks about with his players before every season. This year, unseating Stanford is the goal of every other conference team.
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.
A painful spring has taken a toll on football teams in the Pac-12. Stanford quarterback Josh Nunes may not be ready for the fall after suffering an undisclosed injury to his throwing arm during a workout.
Change is in the air across the Pac-12 Conference again. Andrew Luck and LaMichael James are sporting NFL uniforms. A third of the teams have new coaches and even the role of the Rose Bowl might be morphing into something else.
Chasson Randle scored 27 of his 30 points in a dynamic first half, surpassing his previous career high before halftime in Stanford’s 85-65 victory over Arizona State on Wednesday night.
Stanford senior Nnemkadi Ogwumike has earned Pac-12 Player of the Year honors, while the Cardinal’s Tara VanDerveer is Coach of the Year for the second straight season.
The Pac-12 Conference’s board of directors has decided to extend the contract of Commissioner Larry Scott through 2016.
Stanford goes to play arch rival Cal on Oct. 20, which is very early. However, the Pac-12 announced that they were going to start rotating rival games throughout the season.