Undefeated Army makes a rare trip to California to play Stanford on the farm. Last year this matchup stood out to me as a mismatch - but at the end of the game I was relatively pleased with the score, but aggravated by the result. .
That Stanford game was a meat grinder for Army's 2 deep and a paper shredder for the Black Knight's depth chart. The one result I will hope for above all else will be no Black Knight injuries at all this week.
The Idaho Statesman has a brief preview of the game. There are a few nuggets at the end of that one.
Facts and Figures:
Stanford has not lost consecutive games since 2009 and is 7-0 following a loss since David Shaw became coach in 2011. ... The last time Army beat a nationally ranked opponent was No. 15 Air Force on Nov. 4, 1972. ... Stanford has won its last 11 home games against nonconference opponents since losing to Notre Dame in 2007. ... Army's last win at Stanford was Sept. 22, 1979. ... Army has 21 players from California, the most of any state.
Stanford blog Rule of Tree has this succinct view of Army's most dynamic element.
"...there's very little to learn about the defense this week - Army's offensive scheme is the triple option and they're a largely over-matched squad - so it shouldn't be much of an issue."
Nobody thinks it's an issue until they're getting reamed out by their coach
down 0-6 while silently wondering where the A back will slip through next series.
If you would like any more bulletin board material here are some Stanford Army score predictions.
I will believe Stanford is better than Army when I see it on the field. Here's to a long wait - - - -