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A sloppy season ended with sloppy play on a sloppy field for the Stanford Cardinal as they fell to Notre Dame, 31-17, on Saturday. Suffering through their worst season under coach David Shaw, the Cardinal lost four straight games to close the season, the first skid of that many games since 2007. And for the first time since 2008 the Cardinal are left out of the bowl picture. There were a lot of firsts for Shaw and the Cardinal in 2019, and not the good kind. The losing streak and no bowl, falling to UCLA earlier in the year and using three different starting quarterbacks were all first time experiences for the coach. The team hadn’t won fewer than eight games since Shaw took over in 2011. They ended the year 4-8 SU and 3-9 ATS.
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Stanford Cardinal Season Review
We haven’t seen this on The Farm since Jim Harbaugh’s first season in 2007. Taking over a beleaguered program that went 1-11 under Walt Harris the year before, Harbaugh began the transformation by winning four games his first year. That was a successful campaign and a sign of just how far the program has come. Winning four games now is a failure. In the previous 10 seasons the Cardinal won at least eight games and played in a bowl every year. Those streaks came to an end and it was evident early on that the Cardinal was going to struggle.
Entering the season ranked No. 25 in the AP poll the Cardinal struggled to beat what turned out to be a bad Northwestern team, 17-7, in the season opener. They also lost starting quarterback K.J. Costello to a concussion, the first of several injuries that kept him off the field for a good chunk of the season. Getting outscored 111-53 in losses to USC, Central Florida and Oregon gave Shaw his first three-game losing streak.
Getting a massive game from Cameron Scarlett, who rushed for 151 yards, the Cardinal jumped back in the win column with a 23-13 win over then No. 15 Washington. It came with another injury, though, this time to backup QB Davis Mills. Turning to third-teamer Jack West for a Thursday encounter with UCLA, the Cardinal had their 11-game win streak in the series snapped, 34-16. West struggled and went back to the bench when Costello returned the following week.
And K.J. was money against Arizona producing the most points in a game all season in the 41-31 win. Costello threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns with Scarlett rushing for 102 yards and two scores. It was the last taste of victory for the Cardinal, however, who lost their final four games. Costello went back on the shelf after a loss to Colorado leaving Mills, who had just one pass attempt entering the season, to handle the chores. Mills threw for a program record 504 yards in a loss at Washington State.
Needing wins in their final two games against their biggest rivals, the Cardinal came up empty at home. A late Cal touchdown ended a nine-game winning streak in the Big Game, also putting to bed any postseason hopes. Notre Dame won on The Farm for the first time since 2007 in the season finale. “I plan on celebrating on a lot of other people’s fields next year,” Shaw said after the Notre Dame loss.
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For the second straight week an opponent celebrated a rivalry game win on Stanford’s home turf. One week after the Big Game loss to Cal ended their postseason hopes, the Cardinal started strong with nothing to play for but pride against Notre Dame. It wouldn’t last and the Irish used four touchdown passes from Ian Book to corral a 45-24 victory.
A pair of Mills touchdown passes and a Ryan Sanborn field goal staked Stanford to a 17-7 lead five-and-a-half minutes into the second quarter. Notre Dame’s special teams came up with the game-changing play a few minutes later. Mills came up short on a third-down scramble with about five minutes to play and Isaiah Foskey blocked the ensuing punt. Book tossed a short scoring pass a few plays later and struck again before the half with a 41-yard dart to Chase Claypool giving the Irish a 21-17 lead at the break.
Notre Dame scored the first 17 points of the second half capping the 31-0 spurt with a C’Bo Flemister run and a 38-17 bulge with just over five minutes to play in the fourth. After scoring on three of their first four drives, Stanford punted seven times and committed a turnover on their next eight. Cameron Scarlett ended the drought with a 9-yard TD run with less than two minutes to play.
2019 Stanford Cardinal Betting Schedule
||Stanford vs. Northwestern
||Saturday, August 31
||Stanford at USC
||Monday, September 7
||Stanford at UCF
||Saturday, September 14
||Stanford vs. Oregon
||Saturday, September 21
||Stanford at Oregon State
||Saturday, September 28
||Stanford vs. Washington
||Saturday, October 5
||Stanford vs. UCLA
||Thursday, October 17
||Stanford vs. Arizona State
||Saturday, October 26
||Stanford at Colorado
||Saturday, November 9
||Stanford at Washington State
||Saturday, November 16
||Stanford vs. California
||Saturday, November 23
||Stanford vs. Notre Dame
||Saturday, November 30
The Stanford Cardinal have a pretty impressive showing historically. They have won 15 conference championships and have claimed a pair of national championships, although they came back in 1926 and 1940.
Stanford has played in 29 bowl games in its history, including 15 Rose Bowls, which is the third-most among college programs behind only Michigan and USC. The Cardinal had some solid seasons under big-name coaches such as Dennis Green, Bill Walsh and Tyrone Willingham in the 1980s and 1990s. The program took a step back for awhile but was reborn under Jim Harbaugh, who turned things around during his tenure from 2007 through 2010. Shaw has built on that, as he has led the team to three Pac-12 titles during his run. Stanford’s most recent conference championship came in 2015, when it finished 12-2 overall and 8-1 against Pac-12 foes.
It is going to be hard to duplicate that type of season in 2019, as there are plenty of question marks up and down the roster. However, the presence of a smart coach and an experienced quarterback is a good starting point, as Stanford will aim to surprise the oddsmakers with double-digit victories in 2019.
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