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2014 Stanford Cardinal College Football Futures

In three seasons with the Stanford Cardinal, head coach David Shaw has done quite a job: winning 34 games, losing only seven and recording at least 11 wins on each season. Stanford is loaded with talent, but were dealt a tough schedule which puts them at +4500 to win the 2014 College Football Championship.

“I love it. I love being able to rotate guys.” Shaw said at Pac-12 Football Media Day. “Right off the bat, I would love to play all those guys and let them have their chance to influence our games.”

NCAA Football Future Odds For Stanford Cardinal

  • To Win The 2014/2015 College Football Championship: +4500
  • To Win the PAC 12: +600
  • Regular Season Wins: Over/Under 8.5.

How Will Stanford Offense Perform in 2014?

The Cardinal football program preaches defense before offense this year will be no different. Quarterback Kevin Hogan had an average season last year with 2487 passing yards, 20 TDs and 10 INTs). Can Coach David Shaw coax out a little more from his QB to get this team through a tough schedule?

If not, then the Cardinal backfield will have to carry the load all season. Stanford’s running back committee includes Remound Wright, Kelsey Young, Ricky Seale and Barry Sanders.

No not that Barry Sanders, but this year is the year to see if this Barry Sanders has his father’s giddy up. Sanders commited to Stanford two years ago but hasn’t played a prominent role in the Cardinal offense—yet. 

“Barry has grown a lot. He’s got the privilege and burden of his name to where he gets a lot of attention, but at the same time, he knew he had a lot to learn and [he] came in and learned,” Shaw said. “He has learned the pass protection game…He has learned how to run the ball inside and out. He has become more of a complete back.”

Though Sanders played in 12 games last season as a redshirt freshman, he did so in a limited role. The former 4-star prospect rushed five times for 42 yards, caught four passes for 31 yards and returned seven punts for 71 yards. 

The Cardinal scored an average of 32.3 points per game and rushed for a combined 207.4 yards per game last season, 22nd best in the nation.

Playmaker Ty Montgomery is the team’s best wide-out with 61 receptions, 958 yards and 10 TDs last season; he will be joined by Devon Cajuste and Michael Rector, two tremendous targets that QB Kevin Hogan are glad to have.

How Will Stanford Defense Perform in 2014?

Stanford ranked 10th in the nation for points allowed at a flat 19 per game, and that’s the number new defensive coordinator Lance Anderson will have to beat. He is likely to continue to use the 3-4 formation despite losing key defensive playmakers Shayne Skov, Trent Murphy, Ben Gardner and Ed Reynolds.

Defensive end Henry Anderson commands the D-Line, and inside linebacker A.J. Tarpley is one of the nation’s most underrated tacklers.

The trio of Kyle Olugbode, Zach Hoffpauir and Jordan Richards will command the Stanford secondary. The loss of Ed Reynolds will prove to provide growing pains.

2014 Stanford Cardinal Schedule

  • Saturday, August 30 vs UC Davis 4:00 PM ET | Pac-12 Network
  • Saturday, September 6 vs USC 3:30 PM ET | ABC
  • Saturday, September 13 vs Army 5:00 PM ET | Pac-12 Network
  • Saturday, September 27 @ Washington | TBD
  • Saturday, October 4 @ Notre Dame 3:30 PM ET | NBC
  • Saturday, October 10 vs Washington St 9:00 PM ET | ESPN
  • Saturday, October 18 @ Arizona State | TBD
  • Saturday, October 25 vs Oregon State | TBD
  • Saturday, November 1 @ Oregon | TBD
  • Saturday, November 15 vs Utah | TBD
  • Saturday, November 22 @ California | TBD
  • Friday, November 28 @ UCLA 3:30 PM ET | ABC

Stanford Cardinal Final Analysis

The Stanford Cardinal are once again PAC-12 title contenders, but the game vs USC in week two, and then Oregon and UCLA in November will be big speed bumps for this team.

Stanford Cardinal Projected Starters On Offense



Kevin Hogan-Jr (6-4, 228)



Lee Ward-Sr (6-1, 245)



Remound Wright-Jr (5-9, 200)



Ty Montgomery-Sr (6-2, 215) (KR)



Devon Cajuste-Jr (6-4, 228)



Eric Cotton-RFr (6-6, 242)



Andrus Peat-Jr (6-7, 312)



Joshua Garnett-Jr (6-5, 316)



Graham Shuler-So (6-4, 282)



Johnny Caspers-So (6-4, 301)



Kyle Murphy-Jr (6-7, 295)



Jordan Williamson-Sr


Stanford Cardinal Projected Starters On Defense



Blake Lueders-Sr (6-5, 260)



David Parry-Sr (6-2, 300)



Henry Anderson-Sr (6-6, 278)



Kevin Anderson-Jr (6-4, 250)



Blake Martinez-Jr (6-2, 234)



A.J. Tarpley-Sr (6-2, 238)



James Vaughters-Sr (6-2, 246)



Alex Carter-Jr (6-0, 200)



Wayne Lyons-Jr (6-1, 196)



Jordan Richards-Sr (5-11, 208)



Kyle Olugbode-Sr (6-1, 205)



Ben Ryhne-Sr (6-2, 202)