Notre Dame rival head coach steps down after 12 seasons

Love him or hate him, he made Notre Dame-Stanford compelling more than any coach before.

For the first time in 12 seasons, Stanford football is looking for a head coach. David Shaw, Stanford’s coach since 2011, announced on Sunday he was stepping down. The announcement came a day after the Cardinal concluded a 3-9 season. However, one of those three wins came at Notre Dame in mid-October: one of the more stunning upsets in college football in 2022.

Shaw brought Stanford to heights it hadn’t seen since Jim Harbaugh started the Cardinal turnaround from 2006-2010. Shaw’s run at Stanford concludes with a 96-54 overall mark. Notre Dame fans probably will not miss him and his stout look on the sideline, largely because Shaw’s 6-5 mark against the Irish accounts for nearly half of Stanford’s all-time wins in the rivalry.

Here is a look back at Notre Dame’s 11 all-time meetings with Shaw and Stanford. In what I’d call an otherwise dud of an annually rivalry game, Shaw certainly helped bring this game to a level or relevance that it hadn’t previously seen.

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David Shaw would have coached Stanford the next few years if he wanted … but he didn’t want to. Another #Pac12 job opens up.

So, is there anything happening in Pac-12 football right now — you know, other than Arizona State hiring a new head coach, Utah making an improbable last-minute run to the Pac-12 Championship Game, USC coming within one win of the College Football Playoff, Oregon collapsing in remarkable fashion against Oregon State, Colorado offering Deion Sanders its head coaching position, Washington winning 10 games under Kalen DeBoer, and Oregon State going 9-3 essentially without a functioning quarterback?

Man, what a time.

In addition to all the other big, headline-grabbing news stories in the conference, a huge one broke overnight while you were either sleeping or celebrating USC’s win over Notre Dame: Stanford football coach David Shaw decided to step down.

Let’s go through the many dimensions of this story and what it means:

Notre Dame 2023 Football Schedule

Never too early to start counting down…

The 2022 regular season wrapped just a couple of hours ago and here I am, along with plenty of other lifelong Notre Dame fans probably doing the exact same thing: Looking ahead to next year.

Next is a bowl game for Notre Dame. The destination is most likely either the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville or the Holiday Bowl in San Diego. However, plenty of our heads went to the same place as we look ahead to Year 2 of the Marcus Freeman Era.

Besides the regulars, who does Notre Dame’s schedule feature and what is their likely outcome as we take a quick look 10 months ahead of time?

Here is Notre Dame’s 2023 football schedule, as of Nov. 27, 2022:

BYU vs Stanford Prediction Game Preview

BYU vs Stanford game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 13 game on Saturday, November 26

BYU vs Stanford prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 13, Saturday, November 26


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Date: Saturday, November 26
Game Time: 11:00 pm ET
Venue: Stanford Stadium, Palo Alto, CA
How To Watch: FS1
Record: BYU (6-5), Stanford (3-8)
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Why BYU Will Win

The passing game has kicked it back in.

Rolling for 455 yards against Utah Tech was no big deal, but that came off a 377-yard, three touchdown day against Boise State. Jaren Hall has thrown for two or more touchdowns in nine straight games and ten of the last 11, and even better are the downfield throws.

BYU has a ground attack – it’s 5-2 when running for over 115 yards – but it’s better when it’s cranking up the downfield plays. Stanford can’t stop the run – going 0-7 when giving up 160 yards or more – but in this, BYU will grind to set up the big throws from Hall. But …

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Why Stanford Will Win

BYU’s defense has been struggling, too.

It got the job done against the terrific Boise State running attack, but it’s about to get tested after allowing over 200 yards on the ground in five straight games before that.

Stanford’s passing attack has to keep things moving, but it can’t abandon the running game that couldn’t get going against the better Pac-12 defenses but should have a little success here.

It has to establish the run early, hit a few third down plays, and it has to keep BYU from consistently moving the chains – it’s the best in the Pac-12 at coming up with third down stops.

There aren’t going to be a lot of turnovers or penalties, and …

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What’s Going To Happen

Stanford just doesn’t score enough.

It’s possible the defense rises up in the final game of the year, but the three wins came when allowing 14 points or fewer and allowed 27 or more against everyone else.

BYU is 0-4 when scoring fewer than 26 points and 6-1 when scoring that many or more. The BYU offense will struggle to get past 26 points, but it’ll do it.

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BYU vs Stanford Prediction, Line

BYU 27, Stanford 23
Line: BYU -6.5, o/u: 57.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2.5
BYU vs Stanford Must See Rating (out of 5): 2.5

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This could be problematic.

Notre Dame really will need to lean into its strengths to upset USC. The defense and the running game appear to be the Irish’s best hope in making that happen. It also would serve them well to limit the penalties once again, something they’ve done very well to this point in the season. If that script flips, they’re in real trouble.

The Trojans’ offense is the most potent the Irish’s defense will see this year. They’re among the very best in the country in a lot of areas when they have the ball. If that’s not scary enough, no program has a better turnover margin. That could spell trouble for an Irish offense that’s been decent but also shaky at times, which led to the losses against Marshall and Stanford.

Anyone who looks at this chart might be intimidated, but there is no major challenge this year’s Irish has refused to meet. If they surprise everyone else Saturday, we won’t be surprised because we’ve seen it.

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ESPN’s College GameDay picks winners for USC vs UCLA, Utah vs Oregon and more

Who do you have winning the big games today?

The top college football pregame show went to cold Montana, as they were in live from Bozeman for the matchup between Montana and Montana State. There aren’t a lot of big games this Saturday but enough with plenty of intrigue that Desmond Howard, Pat McAfee, Lee Corso (welcome back), Kirk Herbstreit and guest picker, the three-time winner of both the Open Championship and Masters Championship Sir Nick Faldo. That group selected who they believe will be winners during week 12’s action.

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Utah vs Stanford game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 11 game on Saturday, November 12

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Utah vs Stanford How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 12
Game Time: 10:00 ET
Venue: Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT
How To Watch: ESPN
Record: Utah (7-2), Stanford (3-6)
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Why Stanford Will Win

Which Stanford will show up?

Will it be the version that threw well and held firm in the road win over Notre Dame, or will it be the one that didn’t let the defense get off the bus in the 52-14 loss at home to Washington State?

For all of the problems and issues, Stanford’s defense is still the best in the Pac-12 at stopping teams on third downs, the pass defense has held its own and is No. 1 in the conference, and …

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Why Utah Will Win

Utah is the wrong team for Stanford to deal with right now.

Turnover margin is a massive issue for the Cardinal – -12 on the year – and Utah has taken the ball away multiple times in six of the last eight games. The bigger problem is a non-existent run defense that got ripped apart for 630 yards and eight scores against UCLA and Washington State over the last two games.

Utah continues to be a powerhouse on the ground. It ran for over 300 yards and five scores in the win over Arizona last week and should pound away at will on a Stanford defensive front that isn’t disruptive enough.

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What’s Going To Happen

Stanford has to keep this low scoring. Its two wins over FBS teams were by a total of three points – 16-14 over Notre Dame and 15-14 over Arizona State.

Utah might have 14 points after two drives.

The Cardinal will move the offense a little bit, but it won’t be nearly enough to keep up with a Utah attack that will be too balanced and too effective up front.

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Utah vs Stanford Prediction, Line

Utah 41, Stanford 20
Line: Utah -24.5, o/u: 53.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2.5
Utah vs Stanford Must See Rating (out of 5): 2.5
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Son of NBA All-Star Peja Stojakovic chooses Stanford for college commitment

Andrej Stojakovic, 5-star small forward and son of 3-time NBA All-Star Peja, picks Stanford.

Andrej Stojakovic is one of the premier basketball recruits in the country right now. The son of three-time NBA All-Star and former Sacramento Kings sharpshooter Peja Stojakovic, Andrej is ranked No. 17 in the nation in the class of 2023.

Today Stojakovic announced that he’s committed to playing for Stanford.

He picked Stanford over his other finalists: UCLA, Texas, and Oregon.

Stojakovic (6-foot-6, 185 pounds) is a five-star small forward for Jesuit (Calif.). He’s ranked No. 4 at his position and also No. 4 in the state of California. Here’s the highlight reel.

The scouting report from Adam Finkelstein at 247 Sports indicates his game is similar to Peja’s but more dynamic.

“Stojakovic is a highly skilled wing who has good positional size, is able to score from multiple levels, and even initiate offense as a guard. The son of former NBA all-star Peja Stojakovic, Andrej is a proven shot-maker like his dad with a full assortment of threes, pull-ups, and step-backs. Also not unlike his dad, he is working to perfect his own, semi-unconventional release, that comes up on the left side of his body. He’s very comfortable in the mid-post and mid-range areas where he creates separation and uses his positional size to score over top of smaller defenders.”

Like his father, Stojakovic has tremendous range. He shot 40% from three as a junior, matching Peja’s career percentage in the NBA. He also scored 25.3 points per game and averaged 9.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals per contest.

Stojakovic is the second commit for Stanford’s 2023 program, along with 5-star combo guard Kanaan Carlyle. The Cardinals now rank No. 23 in the recruiting cycle, one spot ahead of North Carolina.

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Washington State vs Stanford game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 10 game on Saturday, November 5

Washington State vs Stanford prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 10, Saturday, November 5


Washington State vs Stanford How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 5
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CA
How To Watch: Pac-12 Network
Record: Washington State (4-4), Stanford (3-5)
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Why Washington State Will Win

Is anything going right during this three-game losing streak?

The Cougars are struggling to score, but the defense has been able to step it up and keep the team in games.

It bounced back from the rough day against Oregon to keep everyone in the next four games – including USC and Utah – to under 370 yards.

It’s not like Stanford is going to rip it up.

The Cardinal have slowed down the turnovers, but there isn’t enough of a ground game to worry about and the passing game isn’t consistent.

But …

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Why Stanford Will Win

Stanford will be more than happy to be in a close, low scoring, tight game.

Washington State doesn’t make a ton of mistakes, but it’s not good on third downs and Stanford is the best in the Pac-12 at coming up with third down stops. The D will dial it up on a few key plays here and there to stall drives.

The O hasn’t turned it over multiple times in any of the last five games, it’s one of the best teams in the nation at limiting penalties, and all of those little things should matter because …

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What’s Going To Happen

Stanford has problems against good running teams, and that’s not Wazzu.

This is a ball control team that relies on the defense, but it only hit the 100-yard mark three times so far and has yet to run to run for 150.

Stanford is 3-0 when allowing fewer than 160 rushing yards and 0-5 when it doesn’t.

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Washington State vs Stanford Prediction, Line

Stanford 20, Washington State 17
Line: Washington State -4.5, o/u: 50.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1.5
Washington State vs Stanford Must See Rating (out of 5): 2.5
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UCLA vs Stanford Prediction, Game Preview

UCLA vs Stanford game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 9 game on Saturday, October 29

UCLA vs Stanford prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 9, Saturday, October 29


UCLA vs Stanford How To Watch

Date: Saturday, October 29
Game Time: 10:30 ET
Venue: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
How To Watch: ESPN
Record: Stanford (3-4), UCLA (6-1)
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Why Stanford Will Win

The Cardinal defense is able to keep games close and tight.

It did the job against Oregon State until a fateful late play in a tough loss, but bounced back with great performances in wins over Notre Dame and Arizona State. Neither win was beautiful, but Stanford has started to force takeaways, the passing game has been good, and there’s real hope now for a bowl game.

UCLA is coming off the tough battles against Washington, Utah, and Oregon. There’s no time for a letdown, but this might be a tough game to push through after playing in three straight high-powered emotional battles.

Stanford should control the clock, it will bring the defensive pressure, but …

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Why UCLA Will Win

UCLA will keep this simple. It will run, and then run some more.

The Cardinal haven’t been totally awful against everyone’s ground game – Oregon is the only team to go off – but they’ve been steadily mediocre and should get hit for at least 160 yards.

It’s part of how this all works. Stanford allowed fewer than 160 rushing yards three times and went 3-0. It allowed more in the other four games and lost all four.

UCLA has only been under 160 rushing once – the too-close call against South Alabama – and now it’s going to get the good offensive line going and take control of the game from the start.

Even more than Stanford problems against the run are the issues against teams with strong balance. UCLA won’t have a problem throwing, either.

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What’s Going To Happen

Stanford will be tough enough throughout to keep this from getting out of hand – Tanner McKee and the passing game will keep pushing – but the defense that’s been so good over the last few weeks will struggle.

It’ll be good on third downs, but UCLA QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson will be sharp on two second half drives to finally start to pull away.

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UCLA vs Stanford Prediction, Line

UCLA 41, Stanford 24
Line: UCLA -16.5, o/u: 64.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2.5
UCLA vs Stanford Must See Rating (out of 5): 3
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