Stanford and the Pac-12 Conference today released the 2013 Cardinal football schedule, featuring seven home games at Stanford Stadium for the defending Pac-12 champions and Rose Bowl Game champions.
Stanford's 2013 home schedule features six opponents who played in bowl games this past season, plus the 116th edition of the Big Game. Stanford achieved a perfect 7-0 record at Stanford Stadium in 2012, the second time in the past three years with an unbeaten home record (2010, 6-0).
The Cardinal owns a nine-game home winning streak, fifth-longest in the nation, and a 30-3 record in its last 33 games at Stanford Stadium.
The 2013 season and home opener welcomes South Bay rival San Jose State on Sept. 7, fresh off an historic 11-2 season and victory in the Military Bowl. The Cardinal and Spartans dueled in a memorable opener last season, finishing with a 20-17 Stanford victory on a fourth-quarter Jordan Williamson field goal.
Stanford heads to West Point, N.Y., on Sept. 14 to face Army in the first half of a nonconference home-and-home series. The Cardinal and Black Knights have played 10 times previously, the last in 1979. This will be Stanford's first trip to the U.S. Military Academy since 1976.
The Cardinal comes home for its Pac-12 opener vs. Arizona State on Sept. 21. In the current era of conference scheduling, Stanford missed the Sun Devils each of the last two years but will face off in 2013 and 2014. Stanford students will be back on campus to fill the Red Zone on this sunny September Saturday.
Stanford travels to Washington State on Sept. 28 for a special edition of this annual Pac-12 North clash, with the game hosted in Seattle at CenturyLink Field. The Cardinal edged the Cougars this past season, 24-17, with the winning margin coming on a fourth-quarter Ed Reynolds pick-six interception score.
The Cardinal plays host to the Washington Huskies on Oct. 5 at Stanford Stadium for a rematch of the only conference loss suffered by Stanford in its 2012 Pac-12 Championship season.
A week later Stanford plays its first ever conference game against Utah on Oct. 12, visiting Salt Lake City for the first time since a non-conference affair in 1995. The Cardinal and Utes play the next two seasons after missing each other in 2011 and 2012 at the start of the Pac-12 Conference era.
Stanford alumni from near and far will celebrate Reunion Homecoming Weekend on campus at the Oct. 19 home game vs. UCLA. The Cardinal and Bruins faced off twice in six days last fall, including the historic 2012 Pac-12 Football Championship Game at Stanford Stadium that saw Stanford come from behind with 10 fourth-quarter points to clinch its first conference title in 13 years and a berth in the 99th Rose Bowl Game.
Oregon State plays host to Stanford on Oct. 26 in Corvallis, Ore. The Beavers won nine games in 2012 and battled Stanford down to the wire in a pivotal Pac-12 North showdown, before first-time starting quarterback Kevin Hogan connected with Zach Ertz late in the fourth-quarter for a go-ahead touchdown at Stanford Stadium, 24-17.
After a bye week, Stanford will play host to Oregon on Nov. 7 in a special Thursday night edition of one of college football's premier annual matchups. Both teams have finished top-10 in the nation each of the last three years, while each of the last four years one team has brought a perfect conference record into the game before suffering their first and only defeat. In one of the top college football games played in 2012, Stanford upended No. 1 Oregon in overtime at Autzen Stadium, 17-14. The Ducks in 2011 at Stanford Stadium handed No. 3 Stanford its only loss of the year.
Stanford will play its final regular-season road game in Los Angeles at USC on Nov. 16. The Cardinal owns a three-game winning streak at the L.A. Coliseum, while winning five of the last six overall vs. USC. The 2012 edition at Stanford Stadium came down to a Josh Nunes touchdown pass to Zach Ertz in the final minutes of regulation to upset the No. 2 Trojans, 21-14.
The 116th edition of the Big Game on Nov. 23 will give Stanford's seniors an opportunity to become the first Cardinal class in more than a decade to beat Cal and keep the Axe all four years.
The 2013 regular season closes on Nov. 30 when Stanford plays host to Notre Dame. The Irish earned their undefeated 2012 regular most notably with the narrowest of overtime margins against Stanford in South Bend, an outcome that materially impacted the National Championship Game.
The Pac-12 Football Championship Game on Dec. 7 will be aired on ESPN or ABC, and they have shifted this year's showdown between the champions of the Pac-12 North and South to a Saturday affair.
Stanford Stadium again will be a hot ticket in 2013 from September through November. Deposits for new season ticket holders are being taken now at GoStanford.com and 800-STANFORD, while online renewals for existing season ticket holders will begin Feb. 8.
2013 Stanford Football Schedule
Sept. 7 vs. San Jose State
Sept. 14 at Army
Sept. 21 vs. Arizona State
Sept. 28 at Washington State (in Seattle at CenturyLink Field)
Oct. 5 vs. Washington
Oct. 12 at Utah
Oct. 19 vs. UCLA (Reunion Homecoming)
Oct. 26 at Oregon State
Nov. 7 vs. Oregon
Nov. 16 at USC
Nov. 23 vs. Cal (116th Big Game)
Nov. 30 vs. Notre Dame
Dec. 7 Pac-12 Football Championship Game (site TBD)