Stanford Cardinal coach David Shaw is a very matter of fact dude and he pointed out after the loss last weekend that the team won’t dwell on the loss, but rather, the betterment of the team moving forward. It’s something every coach tries to instill in their program, the willingness to move on.
Undefeated seasons are a rarity in today’s college football. The Pac-12 conference might be the most difficult conference in the nation to accomplish an undefeated season in, because of the varying styles of play each week. Stanford has always bounced back with a victory after a loss under Shaw (4-0), which makes this a pretty safe bet that they’ll be ready to play Saturday.
Go Joe Bruin’s Ryan Tabb wrote a great article about how the Stanford loss could affect the Bruins, pointing out that the Card will likely come out ticked off and ready to get after UCLA. For Stanford, it’s time to get back to physically dominating an opponent from kickoff to the final gun. They are going to be a motivated team at home this week.
To throw a quick wrench into this though, it may not matter. The Bruins are stacked and have been tested already a couple of times this season. They won’t be intimidated and always have a strong second half. If the rival Cardinal don’t come out with their hair on fire and take a big lead early, look for the Bruins to get it done in the 3rd and 4th quarters.