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Football preview: Season predictions
Fifth-year senior quarterback Kevin Hogan (8) and the rest of the Cardinal kick off their 2015 season Saturday, September 5 against Northwestern in Evanston, Illinois. Hogan has earned a 24-8 record as a starting quarterback for Stanford since getting the job his sophomore year. (HECTOR GARCIA-MOLINA/Stanfordphoto.com)

Football preview: Season predictions

A few days ahead of Stanford’s season opener against Northwestern, a few members of The Daily Sports Staff — Do-Hyoung Park (DHP), Michael Peterson (MP), Neel Ramachandran (NR), Vihan Lakshman (VL), Sanjay Srinivas (SS) and Ashley Westhem (AW) — provided their predictions on how the Cardinal will fare this season and which other teams will emerge as among the top in the nation.

Predict the games:

Opponent DHP MP NR VL SS AW
@NW W W W W W W
UCF W W W W W W
@USC W L L L L W
@OSU L W W W W W
ARIZ W W L W L L
UCLA L L W L L W
WASH W W W W W W
@WSU W W W W W L
@COLO W W W W W W
ORE W W W L W L
CAL W W W W W W
ND W W L W W W


Predict the Pac-12 Championship:

DHP: Arizona State over Stanford
MP: Arizona State over Stanford
NR: USC over Stanford
VL: Arizona State over Oregon
SS:  USC over Stanford
AW: USC over Oregon

Stanford offensive MVP:

DHP: Austin Hooper
MP: Kevin Hogan
NR: Kevin Hogan
VL: Christian McCaffrey
SS: Kevin Hogan
AW: Christian McCaffrey

Stanford defensive MVP:

DHP: Solomon Thomas
MP: Peter Kalambayi
NR: Blake Martinez
VL: Blake Martinez
SS: Aziz Shittu
AW: Peter Kalambayi

Newcomer of the year:

DHP: Brennan Scarlett
MP: Dalton Schultz
NR: Solomon Thomas
VL: Dalton Schultz
SS: Brennan Scarlett
AW: Isaiah Brandt-Sims

Conference champions:

League DHP MP NR VL SS AW
ACC Georgia Tech Clemson Clemson Georgia Tech Louisville Florida State
Big Ten Ohio State Ohio State Ohio State Ohio State Ohio State Ohio State
Big 12 Baylor Baylor TCU Oklahoma Baylor TCU
Pac-12 Arizona State Arizona State USC Arizona State USC USC
SEC Georgia LSU LSU Auburn Auburn Georgia

Predict the playoff:

Seed DHP MP NR VL SS AW
1 Georgia Tech Ohio State Ohio State Ohio State Ohio State Ohio State
2 Ohio State Arizona State LSU Auburn Baylor TCU
3 Georgia Baylor TCU Arizona State USC Georgia
4 Arizona State LSU USC Georgia Tech Auburn USC

About The Daily Sports Staff

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  • ADPaterson

    Imagine what opposing forums are doing as NONE of Stanford Daily writers pick Stanford to triumph, with a ranked squad and titles as recent as 2012 + 2013 (!) Oregon lost their Heisman QB (ditto UCLA); USC is drunk on overly generous ratings for speed and size — we do good work in the Coliseum! (review please).
    No Tree bowed here: Stanford over AZST in champ game. Our strength of a schedule gives us shot at Playoff, with best Home schedule in ages.
    Here’s what alums are seeing:
    Facebook: Stanford Class of 1979

    Daily, Spring 1978

  • Candid One

    Do and Michael are calling a 2-loss season, while the others hedge variously for a 3-loss season. Barring another injury loss of Aziz Shittu, the defense should approach last year’s healthy performances. The new secondary may be an upgrade of last year’s crew. Which means that an improved offense–primarily under center–should be a threat to Oregon, more than since Andrew Luck’s tenure (≥30 pts. against the Ducks).

    How many of this honorable sextet really recall how Hogan played against #9 UCLA…or that he outplayed Kessler in the USC game? Coach Shaw has recently been saying things about Kevin Hogan that were once reserved for Andrew Luck–about his command of the playbook. Revisit a video of that UCLA game–and then find a video of an Andrew Luck in a game as a Cardinal. You might be surprised at how Hogan was channeling Andrew Luck. Imagine, Kevin was touted for going 16-19 against the Bruins, yet two of those incompletions were on-target drops by Rector and Cajuste, his top receivers. Imagine, how we’d still be hearing the rants about 18-19. Any Stanford fan who watched that game, should be highly anxious for this season to start.

    My Ouija board is freshly waxed and it’s telling me that if David Shaw gives Kevin Hogan leeway to call more plays–not just check-downs, Kevin may invoke comments that resemble Shaw’s 2011 mentions of how Andrew called better games than the coaches.

    Stanford’s system and its coaching subdue some aspects of exceptional skill and talent. Witness how future NFL HOF Luck couldn’t muster a Heisman Trophy–twice. Witness how Luck was famously dinged–pre-draft–by Phil Sims for lacking an NFL arm. Luck is one of the best athletes to ever be a repeat starter as an NFL QB–better than John Elway.

    Hogan has yet to play this season, but a continuance of his closing performances of last season will provoke closer comparisons than are currently justified. Also, Hogan is one of the better athletes on the current team–ask his teammates who’ve played basketball with him! BTW, Hogan’s play earned a win over USC last year…his teammates gave that game to the Trojans.

  • ADPATERSON79

    Brilliant. Incisive.!