McLaughlin: Why Cardinal will Bounce Back in 2022

Spencer previews Stanford's 2022 schedule and predicts the outcome of each game

Posted on August 23, 2022

  By Spencer McLaughlin of Locked on Pac-12 for SuperWest Sports


Stanford Football has been, surprisingly, trending down under head coach David Shaw for the last couple of (full) seasons in the Pac-12.

After being a model of consistency for about a decade, the Cardinal now find themselves attempting to rebuild themselves back into a winner in the Conference of Champions.

Plus, David Shaw may be coaching in 2022 to keep himself off the hot seat or worse if Stanford finds themselves well under .500 once again.

On today’s episode of Locked On Pac-12, I go through the 2022 schedule for the Stanford Cardinal.

After an easy opening game, conference play begins in Week 2 when the Cardinal welcome USC to Palo Alto.

Although that’s not likely to be a win, having a quality opponent at home is a fortunate theme for the Cardinal in 2022 that should allow them to regain their footing and be, at least, a .500 football team.

The Cardinal’s other home games include Washington State, Arizona State, Oregon State, and BYU.

Any one of those opponents would be tough games for Stanford to win this year if they were played on the road, but playing them inside Stanford Stadium is a big advantage for David Shaw’s team.

Between Notre Dame and BYU, the Cardinal have a tough slate of non-conference opponents–a win against one of them is not likely, while the other could be one of their best wins of the year.

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