The Stanford Cardinal continue to respond to head coach David Shaw, who has led the program to a 34-7 record in his three years on the job with two Pac 12 Conference championships. Shaw was an assistant to the man that came before him, Jim Harbaugh, who quickly built Stanford out of ashen ruins into an Orange Bowl champion before departing for the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers.
Most observers felt that Stanford would quickly implode under Shaw but that has not been the case as they have maintained the level of excellence established by Harbaugh.
Stanford should again be in a tight race with the Oregon Ducks for the top spot in the Pac 12 North Division this season.
2014 Stanford Cardinal National Championship Odds: 40-1
2014 Stanford Cardinal Offense: The Stanford Cardinal offense will be led by quarterback Kevin Hogan who had a solid 2013 with 20 TDs and 10 interceptions. The running game is a question mark though as it may be running back by committee this season with Remound Wright, Kelsey Young, Ricky Seale and Barry Sanders . The receiving corps is loaded with talent led by Ty Montgomery who had 10 TDs a year ago. Also returning are Devon Cajuste and Michael Rector. The offensive line is almost always good at Stanford so replacing four starters should not be a problem.
2014 Stanford Cardinal Defense: The Stanford Cardinal will have a new defensive coordinator in Lance Anderson. The team will need to replace a number of starters but talented players like defensive end Henry Anderson and tackle David Parry return. Linebacker A.J. Tarpley also returns and he should be joined by Kevin Anderson and James Vaughters. The secondary is led by free safety Jordan Richards who could be one of the best in the country. The corners should be Alex Carter and Wayne Lyons.
2014 Stanford Cardinal Outlook: The Stanford Cardinal have turned into a national power and no matter who the players are the team wins under head coach David Shaw. That should be the case again this season. The game of the year in the Pac-12 should be the one with the Oregon Ducks on November 1st but because the game is in Eugene, the Stanford Cardinal will likely fall short in their attempt to win the Pac-12 this season.