By Jerry Feitelberg
The Stanford Cardinal opens its 119th season against the San Jose State Spartans Saturday night at Stanford Stadium at 8pm. The game is known as the Bill Walsh Legacy game as Bill was a graduate of San Jose State and later coached at Sanford and the San Francisco 49ers.
This will be Stanford’s first game since beating Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl on January 1st, 2013.
The Cardinal has been ranked fourth in the nations in the pre-season Coaches poll. San Jose State has on win under its belt so far this season. The Spartans finished 11-2 last season and were ranked 22nd st the end of the year.
Stanford leads the series 51-14-1 and has won five straight and nine of the last ten meeting with the Spartans. However, Stanford cannot afford to take the Spartans lightly. The Cardinal had their hands full last year and just squeaked by winning 20-17.
Coach David Shaw is in his third year at the helm at Stanford. San Jose’s coach, Ron Caragher is in his first season as head coach but he has a record of 45-22 as a major college head coach.
Stanford’s offense will be lead by quarterback Kevin Hogan. Hogan took over the job as starting QB halfway through the season last year and led the team to the Rose Bowl crown. Running back Stepfan Taylor is gone but Coach Saw has said that he has capable replacements for Taylor. Shaw has filled holes on the offensive line and at tight end as well. Stanford’s defense is led by Linebacker Shane Skov and looks to strong again this year. San Jose State’s offense is led by quarterback David Fales.
The Spartans defense is also strong as the held the potent Cardinal offense to just 280 yards of total offense.
Stanford is favored by 26 ½ points but the game should be a barnburner.