FROM STANFORD — Hello from Stanford Stadium, where a sellout crowd is expected on a Rockwellian California evening. Lots of sun. No clouds.
Anyway, before we turn our in-game coverage over to our Twitter feed/game thread, here are three keys to a possible UW victory today, as well as our gameday box that ran in today’s newspaper.
1. Win third down — For all the talk of how tough Stanford is on both sides of the ball, the Cardinal don’t actually rank all that high in many statistical categories. That might speak to their balance, or to the fact that they haven’t really been tested for the entirety of a game yet. But there is one area the Cardinal have excelled in, and that’s third-down offense and defense. Offensively, they convert 57.1 percent of their third downs, good for seventh in the nation. And defensively, they limit opponents to a 30.6 percent success rate, which has them tied for 24th. Read more »