Jul 24, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Washington Huskies coach Chris Petersen during Pac-12 football media day at Hollywood & Highland. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Stanford Next Coach Odds: Chris Petersen early favorite

The Stanford Cardinal have a prestigious football program chock full of history, but it is also presents unique challenges for whoever replaces David Shaw.

Among them is the extremely high academic standards, middling football facilities and the uncertain future makeup of the Pac-12 Conference.

Shaw stepped away late Saturday after 12 seasons. The program he left behind has increasingly struggled to be competitive, winning just three games in each of the past two seasons.

Can Stanford attract a marquee name to spearhead a new era, or will the Cardinal have to dive into the pool of promising young assistant coaches?

Former Boise State and Washington head coach Chris Petersen has been installed as the 3-1 favorite by SportsBetting.ag to be the Cardinal’s next coach. With Petersen’s strong West Coast ties and successful background rebuilding programs, he will likely remain the favorite until he says he’s not interested in the job.

The next shortest odds belong to an interesting potential candidate in Troy Taylor, who is being offered at 4-1. A former quarterback for Stanford’s bitter rival Cal, Taylor led FCS program Sacramento State to an 11-0 record this season and a No. 2 national ranking leading into the playoffs.

Stanford Next Coach Odds:
Chris Petersen, 3-1
Troy Taylor, 4-1
Bronco Mendenhall, 5-1
Mike Bloomgren, 6-1
Brent Brennan, 7-1
Derek Mason, 8-1
Tom Herman, 10-1
Bill O’Brien, 11-1
Greg Roman, 12-1
Troy Walters, 14-1
Ryan Walters, 16-1
Pep Hamilton, 18-1
Dave Aranda, 20-1
Dave Clawson, 25-1
Jim Harbaugh, 50-1

The list includes a wide array of veteran Power 5 coaches, rising assistants and names with Stanford history.

Mendenhall stepped down from the Virginia job after last season and also has strong West Coast ties following his 11-year tenure as BYU’s coach. He won 99 games at BYU before moving on to Virginia, where he produced six seasons with at least eight wins.

The 45-year-old Bloomgren took over at Rice in 2018 after spending seven years on Shaw’s staff, including the final five as Stanford’s offensive coordinator.

Or could the Cardinal look an hour south to San Jose State and try to lure Redwood City, Calif., native Brent Brennan to Palo Alto?

Shaw’s final few years at Stanford left a lot to be desired, but he also departed as the program’s all-time winningest coach.

Who replaces him remains to be seen — and who the realistic candidates are could be determined by how the administration approaches the search.

–Field Level Media

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Fading Stanford takes on bowl-bound BYU

BYU will try to upgrade its expected bowl bid while host Stanford looks to avoid adding to a season-ending losing streak when the teams end the regular season with a nonconference game Saturday night.

BYU (6-5) became bowl-eligible with a 52-26 shellacking of Utah Tech last Saturday, riding Jaren Hall’s 456-yard, five-touchdown passing day to a second consecutive win.

Meanwhile, Stanford (3-8) came up short in its Pacific-12 Conference finale last weekend, giving squandering an 11-point lead by giving up three fourth-quarter touchdowns at rival California 27-20. After entering the fourth quarter leading 17-6, the Cardinal was reduced to sending in Joshua Karty to kick a Big Game-record, 61-yard field goal on the final play of the game … while trailing by 10 points.

The Cougars and Cardinal are meeting for the third time, with Stanford sweeping a two-game series in 2003-04.

While Stanford — after opening the David Shaw era with eight straight bowl bids — will be sitting home for the fourth consecutive holiday season, BYU clinched its fifth consecutive bowl appearance and 16th in the last 17 years.

One bowl projection has the Cougars facing Kansas in the Armed Forces Bowl, a matchup that could be a preview of a Big 12 Conference game next fall after BYU, currently an independent, begins its new conference affiliation.

The Cougars are led offensively by Hall (3,078 yards and 29 passing touchdowns), and Cal transfer Christopher Brooks (565 yards and five scores).

Brooks, who rushed for 131 yards for Cal in the 2021 Big Game against Stanford, is looking forward to getting one more shot at his one-time rival.

“Very, very (high),” he noted of his excitement level to be facing Stanford. “It’s back to the Bay.”

It’s unlikely that the Cardinal, who has lost four in a row, will be able to match that enthusiasm, but Stanford coach David Shaw sees a positive in that his seniors will get one more opportunity to go out winners.

“Wanted this one really bad for them,” he said after the loss at Cal. “So many guys really gave their best effort. So many guys that were late-week (injury) decisions. Could have easily just said: ‘You know, I’m not feeling great, so coach, I can’t play.’ And they all tried. They all tried.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 5, 2022; Stanford, California, USA; Washington State Cougars wide receiver Leyton Smithson (89) celebrates with wide receiver Tsion Nunnally (4) after scoring a touchdown against the Stanford Cardinal during the first quarter at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Nakia Watson helps Washington State trounce Stanford

Washington State scored following three fumbles in the first half and Nakia Watson rushed for 166 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries in the Cougars’ 52-14 win Saturday over host Stanford in Pac-12 play.

The Cougars (5-4, 2-4 Pac-12) ended a three-game losing streak with the victory.

Stanford (3-6, 1-6) has lost two straight games after recently beating Notre Dame and Arizona State in consecutive weeks.

Washington State, which ran for a season-high 306 yards, scored touchdowns on their first three possessions to build a 21-7 lead before taking advantage of Stanford’s fumbling problems.

Jaden Hicks recovered a fumble by Stanford running back Ashton Daniels and returned it 17 yards for a touchdown to increase the lead to 28-7 with 8:06 left in the second quarter.

Stanford’s Elijah Higgins fumbled on a 22-yard pass play from Tanner McKee in the Cardinal’s next possession. Chau Smith-Wade recovered it at the Washington State 38-yard line.

The Cougars drove for a touchdown in 11 plays, culminating on Cameron Ward’s 9-yard pass to Donovan Ollie on a fourth-and-3 play with 2:09 left in the second quarter.

Three plays into Stanford’s next possession, Benjamin Yurosek fumbled while making a 12-yard reception.

Daiyan Henley recovered the ball for Washington State, which took over at the Stanford 41 after Henley’s 11-yard return.

Watson followed with a touchdown run on the next play, increasing Washington State’s lead to 42-7 with 59 seconds left in the half.

Stanford opened the second half with a 74-yard, seven-play drive ending with Ashton Daniels’ 2-yard run.

The Cardinal could not build momentum after that possession, following with two consecutive three-and-out possessions and a turnover on downs.

With the game in hand, Ward was replaced at the start of the fourth quarter by backup John Mateer.

Ward completed 16 of 32 pass attempts for 176 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Mateer engineered a touchdown drive on his first series, finishing with a 27-yard pass to Orion Peters with 11:17 left.

McKee passed for 236 yards while completing 23 of 40 attempts with no touchdowns or interceptions.

The Cardinal rushed for 71 yards on 28 carries and were outgained 514 to 337.

–Field Level Media

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Stanford kicks 5 FGs to edge Arizona St., 15-14

Joshua Karty tied a Stanford record by making five field goals in a 15-14 win Saturday over visiting Arizona State in a Pac-12 game at Palo Alto, Calif.

The win snaps a 10-game conference losing streak, the longest in Stanford history.

Arizona State (2-5, 1-3 Pac-12) drove the ball to the Stanford 43 before Emory Jones appeared to complete pass to Elijah Badger to the 1-yard line with 3 seconds left on a fourth-and-19 play. However, replay showed that Badger’s right foot was out of bounds.

Stanford (3-4, 1-4) had three field goals when the Cardinal defeated Notre Dame 16-14 last week at South Bend, Ind.

The offense had similar difficulty getting into the end zone against Arizona State, although Tanner McKee completed 33 of 57 pass attempts for 320 yards. He also had an interception.

Karty made two field goals of 44 and 36 yards in the first quarter, another from 44 yards in the third quarter, and two more in the fourth quarter from 36 and 47 yards. The final FG with 6:28 remaining, which gave Stanford its 15-14 lead, culminated a 70-yard drive that began at its own 1-yard line after a punt.

The five field goals tie the Stanford record held by John Hopkins (1990 against California) and Nate Whitaker (2010 against Notre Dame).

A holding penalty negated a 16-yard touchdown pass from McKee to Elijah Higgins before Karty’s field goal in the third quarter cut into Arizona State’s lead, 14-9.

Arizona State’s Xazavian Valladay, who finished with 76 yards on 18 carries, scored on a 15-yard run in the first quarter.

Jones returned from missing most of the win over Washington two weeks ago with a head injury and led the Sun Devils to a touchdown in the second quarter.

His 39-yard pass to Badger gave Arizona State a 14-6 lead with 14:01 left before halftime.

Badger finished with six receptions for 118 yards.

Jones was 14 of 25 for 227 yards with the TD and an interception.

–Field Level Media

Oct 15, 2022; South Bend, Indiana, USA; Stanford Cardinal running back Casey Filkins (2) briefly loses the football as Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Marist Liufau (8) defendsin the second quarter at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinal down Irish to snap FBS losing streak

Stanford snapped an 11-game losing streak to FBS opponents behind Tanner McKee’s 288 yards on 26-of-38 passing in a 16-14 win Saturday over Notre Dame at South Bend, Ind.

The Cardinal (2-4) last beat an FBS team on Oct. 2, 2021, when they outlasted Oregon 31-24 in overtime.

Notre Dame (3-3) gained possession with 2:30 left following a punt, but the Fighting Irish could not advance beyond its 25-yard line before turning the ball over on downs.

Drew Pyne was sacked and threw consecutive incompletions to end the possession with 1:04 left.

Pyne completed 13 of 27 pass attempts for 151 yards and a touchdown.

Notre Dame managed to overcome a 13-0 deficit in the third quarter by putting together consecutive touchdown drives.

Audric Estime’s 10-yard scoring run capped a six-play, 75-yard drive with 6:22 left in the third quarter.

Tobias Merriweather, a true freshman, made a 41-yard touchdown reception – the first catch of his career — on a pass from Pyne that completed a six-play, 60-yard possession with 14:53 remaining.

Stanford regained the lead, 16-14, on Joshua Karty’s 43-yard field goal with 10:20 remaining.

Notre Dame then sustained a drive that included the Fighting Irish converting on a fourth-and-2 situation at its 46 with Logan Diggs’ 6-yard run.

They got to the Stanford 43 before Estime ran for 22 yards but fumbled.

Stanford’s Jonathan McGill made the recovery at the Cardinal 21 with 6:35 remaining.

Karty made field goals of 45 and 42 yards previously to help Stanford take a 13-0 lead.

The Cardinal scored a touchdown on their first possession of the game when Casey Filkins ran into the end zone from 2 yards.

Filkins rushed 91 yards on 32 carries.

Stanford overall had only 97 yards rushing on 42 carries with the longest run nine yards.

McKee’s production, particularly throwing to Michael Wilson and Elijah Higgins, led the Cardinal.

Wilson had nine receptions for 66 yards and Higgins caught five passes for 81 yards.

–Field Level Media

Sep 24, 2022; Pullman, Washington, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Bo Nix (10) is stopped short of the goalie by Washington State Cougars linebacker Travion Brown (82) in the second half at Gesa Field at Martin Stadium. Ducks won 44-41. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

No. 13 Oregon carries winning streak into hosting Stanford

After a wild comeback win over previously undefeated Washington State on the road last week, No. 13 Oregon is on a three-game winning streak with Stanford coming to Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore., on Saturday night.

The Ducks (3-1, 1-0 Pac-12) trailed 34-22 more than halfway through the fourth quarter, but ended up scoring 22 points in the final four minutes to stun the Cougars.

After a rough start to his Oregon career in the team’s 49-3 loss to Georgia, quarterback Bo Nix has been the signal caller the Ducks hoped they were getting when he transferred from Auburn. Nix completed 33 of 44 passes for 428 yards and three touchdowns, and also ran for 30 yards against Washington State.

The 33 completions and 428 passing yards were both career highs.

“To respond the way he responded, and for our team to respond to Bo the way they responded, I think that shows the ultimate confidence that this team has in Bo,” Oregon head coach Dan Lanning said after the game.

Oregon has a 21-game winning streak at Autzen Stadium that started in 2018. It’s the third-longest active home win streak in the FBS. The Ducks have also won their last 15 home conference games, which is just one win away from matching the program record.

Oregon’s offensive line has played well, and the Ducks have yet to allow a sack, while every other team in the country has. Oregon leads the nation with a 94.2 pass-blocking grade from Pro Football Focus.

However, Stanford (1-2, 0-2) leads the overall series between the two Pac-12 rivals with a 47-34-1 record. The Cardinal, though, are coming off a 40-22 loss to then-No. 18 Washington in Seattle last weekend.

“We play up to our ability, we’ll have an opportunity to win,” Stanford head coach David Shaw said Tuesday. “This is another team you can’t give chances. You can’t turn the ball over against these guys. Our defense is in for a battle, but offensively we’ve got to live up to our abilities as well.”

Shaw isn’t happy about when kickoff is, at 8 p.m. local time, and suggested that game start times should be no later than 7 p.m. on a Saturday, and 6 p.m. on a weeknight.

Shaw’s concern revolves around the difficulty for student-athletes to get rest and get schoolwork done on the day after a game if the athletes don’t get back to the Bay Area until early morning.

Oregon will be the third straight Top-25 program Stanford will face, after losses to then-No. 10 USC on Sept. 10 and Washington last week.

Running back E.J. Smith will miss the rest of the season, due to an unspecified injury, Shaw announced Tuesday. Smith had 206 rushing yards in two games for Stanford.

Casey Filkins, who started in place of Smith, had 20 carries for 100 yards and added two catches for 29 yards against the Huskies. Shaw said Filkins will be the lead running back going forward.

–Field Level Media

Sep 10, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Washington Huskies quarterback Michael Penix Jr. (9) attempts a pass during the second half against the Portland State Vikings at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Brashear-USA TODAY Sports

No. 18 Washington encounters giant-killer Stanford

A feeling of excitement not felt for some time in Seattle is building for the Washington Huskies football program, which debuted in the 2022 NCAA Top 25 rankings at No. 18 this week following a 39-28 win over last week’s No. 11, Michigan State.

This Saturday, the Huskies (3-0) look to keep winning with the start of their Pac-12 season, hosting Stanford at Husky Stadium in a night game.

Two years ago, Washington couldn’t play for the Pac-12 championship because its roster was ravaged by COVID cases. Last season, the team finished 4-8 overall and head coach Jimmy Lake was fired in November over an incident involving a player on the team.

But this season looks different. Washington has 136 points scored in its first three games, even though the first two were at home against Kent State and FCS Portland State.

“Understanding that there is so many things that could have been even better than what happened Saturday night,” Huskies head coach Kalen DeBoer said. “So I know we’ve got a group of guys that felt that way at the beginning, that this could be where we’re at. And now they see, stacking days on top of days, practices on top of practices and now games on top of games. They’re in a good spot. But we can’t get full of ourselves.”

Washington is led by quarterback Michael Penix, Jr., a transfer from Indiana. Penix has passed for 10 touchdowns and won Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week after he passed for 397 yards, the eighth-highest single-game total in school history, against Michigan State.

Stanford (1-1) is coming off a bye last weekend. The Cardinal has already played a conference game, a 41-28 loss at home to now No. 7 USC. Saturday is the second of three consecutive games against potential Top 25 teams, with Washington this week and current No. 15 Oregon on Oct. 1.

According to Stanford Athletics, the Cardinal have 29 wins against nationally-ranked opponents under head coach David Shaw. Five of those have come against Washington, and Stanford is 5-1 when facing a Huskies team ranked in the Top 25.

Shaw is 7-4 against Washington in his career. He called Washington a good football team that is playing fast and with a lot of confidence.

“Not an insurmountable task, but at the same time, there’s a level of football that we can play at that’s much higher than we’ve played at so far this year,” Shaw said. “So that’s our focus.”

The Cardinal are led in rushing by running back E.J. Smith, who has 206 yards and three touchdowns in two games. But he’s not expected to play Saturday due to a health-related matter.

Shaw hopes Smith can play the following week at Oregon.

Quarterback Tanner McKee has three touchdown passes and three interceptions in two games thus far this season. He’s completed 42 of 62 passes for 528 yards.

Head-to-head, the Huskies and Cardinal are 44-44-4 against each other.

–Field Level Media

Sep 3, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams (13) carries the ball against the Rice Owls in the second half at United Airlines Field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

No. 10 USC puts up new look against pesky Stanford

No. 10 Southern California will open Pac-12 Conference play against one of its most vexing rivals in recent years, traveling to Stanford for a prime-time matchup on Saturday at Palo Alto, Calif.

The Trojans (1-0) scored 52 points over the second and third quarters to cruise to a 66-14 rout of Rice last week. The blowout marked the debut of Southern Cal head coach Lincoln Riley, as well as the first appearance in a Trojans uniform for a variety of highly anticipated transfers.

Quarterback Caleb Williams, who followed Riley from Oklahoma, completed 19 of 22 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns — both of which went to Pitt transfer and reigning Biletnikoff Award-winning receiver Jordan Addison.

Williams also rushed for a team-high 68 yards on six carries.

“We know the type of player we’re playing this week at the quarterback position, (and) you better bring your feet when you get your hands wrapped around this guy,” Stanford coach David Shaw said of containing Williams in the run game.

The Cardinal (1-0) opened the season with a 41-10 romp over Colgate, an opponent from the Football Championship Subdivision. Stanford outgained the Raiders 497-218, with quarterback Tanner McKee going 22-of-27 passing for 308 yards and two touchdowns.

Stanford’s 169 rushing yards last week marked the program’s most in a game since accruing 204 in a win over Vanderbilt last September – though 87 came on a single run by running back E.J. Smith.

Smith’s 87-yard carry 18 seconds into the game culminated in the first of his two touchdown runs. He had 118 yards on 11 total carries.

Running-game woes hampered the Cardinal in a disappointing 2021, as Stanford’s 86.9 rushing yards per game were the third fewest among Power 5 conference teams and the fewest in the Pac-12.

Stanford eclipsed 100 yards rushing just four times last season, and one such occasion came in the Cardinal’s 42-28 win at USC, also in the second game on the schedule.

The loss was the final game of then-coach Clay Helton’s tumultuous tenure at the helm of the program. For Stanford, it was the first of just two conference wins in an uncharacteristically down season for the program.

Before finishing the 2019 season at 4-8 overall, Stanford concluded on the right side of .500 every season from 2009 through 2018. Last year’s 3-9 finish was the second time in three seasons the Cardinal fell out of the bowl picture.

During its sustained run of success beginning in 2009, however, Stanford went 8-4 against USC. Shaw’s record in the series since becoming head coach in 2011 is 7-5. Riley is the fifth Trojans head coach or interim head coach Shaw will face in that time.

“It’s a coaching matchup; just trying to get our team ready,” Riley said. “We’re excited about going and playing on the road (in the) first conference game. As a program, (if) you want to be championship level, you’ve got to embrace going and playing on the road. And these conference road games are like gold.”

Last season, USC won its first two road games, against conference foes Washington State and Colorado. The Trojans lost their next three away from home.

–Field Level Media

Nov 27, 2021; Stanford, California, USA; Stanford Cardinal quarterback Tanner McKee (18) drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Stanford turns to Tanner McKee in season opener vs. Colgate

With three ranked opponents looming in their next five games, Stanford seeks momentum when it opens the season against visiting Colgate on Saturday in Palo Alto, Calif.

Colgate (5-6, 5-1 in Patriot League last season), an FBS program, will be venturing farther west than ever before — about 1,000 miles farther than when the Raiders suffered a 48-7 loss at Air Force in 2019 — when it meets Stanford for the first time in school history.

Colgate played just one Power 5 conference opponent last season and got swamped, 51-0, in the opener at Boston College.

The Raiders are led by sophomore quarterback Michael Brescia, who was so impressive in his first three collegiate starts late last year, he earned Patriot League Rookie of the Year honors.

Despite Brescia becoming the full-time starter, and the return of standout defensive lineman K2 Dickens and 35-catch senior receiver Garrett Oakey, the Raiders are projected to be a middle-of-the-pack team in the Patriot League this season.

That’s just fine with Oakey.

“Everybody loves to be doubted,” he said. “It makes us hungry and gives us some drive to work harder to chase our goals. One of our favorite things to do is prove people wrong when they say something about us. We go out there, work hard, and try to get it done.”

Getting it done against Stanford (3-9, 2-7 in Pacific-12 Conference) and its All-American candidate quarterback, Tanner McKee, will be a tall task. Stanford hasn’t lost to an FBS team since getting upset 20-17 by U.C. Davis in 2005.

A 6-foot-6 junior, McKee threw for 1,722 yards and 14 touchdowns last season, helping him earn a spot on this year’s Maxwell Award, Davey O’Brien Award and Wuerffel Trophy watch lists.

As it prepares to square off with the likes of Southern Cal, Oregon and Notre Dame in the first half of the season, Cardinal also returns a veteran offensive line and a potential star in tight end Ben Yurosek, prompting coach David Shaw to set high expectations for this year.

“We want to be one of the most dangerous teams in America — run and pass,” he claimed. “I believe we have the talent to do it.”

–Field Level Media

Oct 30, 2021; Stanford, California, USA;  Stanford Cardinal linebacker Gabe Reid (90) pressures Washington Huskies quarterback Dylan Morris (9) during the first quarter at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

Huskies score with 21 seconds left to beat Stanford

Dylan Morris threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Jalen McMillan with 21 seconds remaining as Washington defeated host Stanford 20-13 in a Pacific-12 Conference game Saturday night.

Peyton Henry kicked four field goals for the Huskies (4-4, 3-2 Pac-12), who won at Stanford for the first time since 2007.

The Huskies got the ball back at their own 33-yard line with 2:51 left.

Morris threw an 11-yard pass to McMillan and Sean McGrew rushed for 16 yards to get them into Stanford territory. Cameron Davis gained 6 yards on third-and-4 from the 34 and Morris scampered for 7 yards to give UW a third-and-2 from the 20. Instead of setting up a field goal, Morris threw a strike to McMillan in the back right corner of the end zone.

The Huskies piled up 229 yards rushing, with McGrew gaining 114 yards on 19 carries and Davis adding 99 yards on 18 attempts. Morris completed 17-of-25 passes for 146 yards.

Trailing 12-3 entering the fourth quarter, the Cardinal took the lead as quarterback Tanner McKee scored on a 1-yard sneak and Joshua Karty added a 43-yard field goal with 7:05 remaining.

McKee was 21-of-32 passing for 194 yards with two interceptions, the latter by Washington’s Brendan Radley-Hiles with 6 seconds left. McKee’s first interception and a lost fumble on a sack led to UW field goals.

Austin Jones rushed 16 times for 62 yards for the Cardinal (3-5, 2-4), who suffered their third straight loss.

Washington took a 9-3 halftime lead as both teams failed to convert red-zone trips into touchdowns.

Karty kicked a 35-yard field goal on the opening drive of the game.

It remained 3-0 until the second quarter, when Henry hit from 24, 37 and 32 yards, capping drives of 57, 50 and 81 yards. The last kick came on the final play of the half.

–Field Level Media