Stanford football will host its annual Cardinal and White Spring Game on April 15 at Cagan Stadium.
With a streak of six 10-win seasons over the past seven years, the Stanford Cardinal again figure to be a factor in the Pac-12 North.
Stanford quietly went 10-3 with a six-game winning streak to close out the year despite ugly losses to Washington, Washington State and Colorado early in conference play. While losing Christian McCaffrey to the NFL and quarterback Keller Chryst to a knee injury that will require at least another three months of rehab hurts, They should open the season ranked in the AP top 25.
Before the Cardinal open the season on Aug. 27 against Rice in Australia, fans will get a sneak peek at the 2017 team in the annual Cardinal and White Spring Game. The Spring Game is officially set for Saturday, April 15 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern, with the Pac-12 Network carrying television coverage.
For the second consecutive year, the Cardinal will play its Spring Game at Cagan Stadium, located directly next to Stanford Stadium. Cagan Stadium is home to Stanford’s soccer and lacrosse programs and hosted around 2,500 fans for last year’s festivities.
David Shaw will hope his team gets an early tune-up, as Stanford faces a daunting schedule in the early going. After the trip to Australia, Stanford’s next game is two weeks later at Pac-12 favorite USC, followed by another road game at a good San Diego State team.
The Cardinal will not play on its own campus again until Sep. 23 against UCLA. If Stanford can somehow survive that stretch, it will be in good shape, as it gets opponents like Washington, Oregon and Notre Dame at home.
With the injury to Chryst, the quarterback situation is clearly the most important thing to watch come April 15. K.J. Costello and Ryan Burns figure to be on opposite teams in the Cardinal and White Game, with the starting job potentially on the line.