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.
Tyler Gaffney ran for 171 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 13 Stanford smothered Brett Hundley and ninth-ranked UCLA 24-10 on Saturday.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is among the 13 people who will be part of the College Football Playoff selection committee in 2014.
Ty Montgomery had 290 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns, and fifth-ranked Stanford held on to beat No. 15 Washington 31-28 on Saturday night
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.
A majority of the Pac-12, including Cal, has moved to some type of hurry-up, no-huddle system. Holdouts still running largely pro-style offenses include Stanford, Oregon State, and USC.
The feeling of disappointment and despair in the locker room after losing 17-13 at Washington last season is something that Stanford players will never forget.
Steve Sarkisian said he wouldn’t comment about “hypothetical scenarios” involving USC’s coaching job and that this situation provides a chance to prove his team can avoid the outside chatter heading into Saturday’s showdown at No. 5 Stanford.
For all the brute force Stanford shows, from its jumbo “elephant” package of offensive linemen to its bruising running backs, there is an element of the Cardinal offense often goes overlooked.
Alabama remained No. 1 as the top five held their spots for the third consecutive week. The Crimson Tide received 55 of 60 first-place votes, and No. 2 Oregon got the rest from the media panel, one more than last week. Clemson is third, followed by Ohio State and Stanford.