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2008 Stanford Cardinal Football Preview

2008 Stanford Cardinal season preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official Stanford Cardinal football preview as well as the 2008 Stanford Cardinal Football Schedule. Haven't had much luck beating your bookie? This season up your chances and order Maddux's winning college football picks.

Coach: Jim Harbaugh (2nd year at Stanford)
Team Name: Cardinal
2007 Overall Record: 4-8
Returning Starters: 16

In 2007, the Stanford Cardinal team (4-8 overall, 3-6 Pac-10) finished tied for seventh in the league. Perhaps the highlight of last season was when they upset USC 24-23. The Cardinal club entered that game as 41-point underdogs. Once again in 2007, the team did not get a bowl berth.

The Cardinal club was rated 105th in scoring (19.6 PPG), 102nd in rushing (111.2 YPG) and 107th in overall yards (322.5 YPG). The highlight of Stanford’s offense was their passing game, which was ranked 70th in the nation, putting up an average of 211.3 yards per game. Junior QB Tavita Pritchard (194 ATT, 94 COMP, 1,114 YDS, 5 TDs, 9 INT) returns as the guy with the most experience. But he has to compete for the starting quarterback spot with sophomore Alex Loukas and Michigan transfer Jason Forcier. The frontline returns three starters and has some good talent. Along with questions concerning quarterbacks, the receiving unit is also suspect. Senior running back Anthony Kimble (115 CAR, 509 YDS, 8 TDs) is the best of a fine group of rushers.

The Stanford defense welcomes back nine of 11 starters. The linebackers look sound and deep. LB Clinton Snyder, now a junior, had eight sacks in 2007. The club was ranked 107th against the air attack. Hopefully the secondary, which welcomes back three starters, will break up more passes. SS Bo McNally is a massive player. Finally, the Stanford defensive line, which sees both ends return, must put more pressure on opponent quarterbacks.

This team opens its season at home against Oregon State on August 28. This game is a tossup. The November 1 contest versus Washington State is also tough to call. Stanford will find it difficult to win more than three games.

Coach Jim Harbaugh (4-8 in one year) had a good first-year as he guided the team to four wins in 2007. That total was three more than they earned in 2006. But is the Stanford team capable of more? Three wins look to be possible, while four will be a major achievement. Harbaugh needs at least two more years to make this program competitive.

Stanford Cardinal Football Schedule

Date
Opponent
Home/Away
Aug 28
Oregon State
Home
Sep 6
Arizona State
Away
Sep 13
TCU
Away
Sep 20
San Jose State
Home
Sep 27
Washington
Away
Oct 4
Notre Dame
Away
Oct 11
Arizona
Home
Oct 18
UCLA
Away
Nov 1
Washington State
Home
Nov 8
Oregon
Away
Nov 15
USC
Home
Nov 22
California
Away

 

For more info on the 2008 Stanford Cardinal football program, view the Cardinal football site or you can read about other Pac-10 teams below.

 

2008 Pac-10 Football Team Previews

All of the Pac 10 teams are listed below. Each link gives our individual team preview for the PAC 10 colleges. For non Pac Ten teams visit the 2008 college football preview page.

The Pac 10 looks underrated once again this year. Sure USC is getting national championship pub, but Oregon State, Oregon, Cal, and Arizona look like very tough outs. Our PAC-10 preview page will give you where we see these teams panning out in 08.


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