It was impossible to watch last weekend's crushing loss without wondering about what the future might hold for the Stanford Cardinal. Over the past two games the offense has managed just two touchdowns, and were it not for a miracle finish in the Rose Bowl against UCLA, the Cardinal could easily be 2-2.
How bad has the offense been? Ryan Burns ranks tenth in the Pac-12 in passer rating, twelfth in passing yards (two different Colorado quarterbacks have thrown for more yards than Burns's 546), and eleventh in passing touchdowns, and only two quarterbacks have been sacked more than he has. (Cal's Davis Webb is one of them, with twelve sacks to Burns's ten, but he's dropped back 267 times, compared to Burns's 89.)
Stanford fans, how concerned are you about the Stanford offense?— Go Mighty Card (@GoMightyCard) October 3, 2016
But the competition has been stiff. Heading into the season, facing an opening stretch of Kansas State, USC, UCLA, and Washington, a 3-1 start for the Cardinal would've been more than acceptable. That's exactly where Stanford sits now, and things are about to get better. Much better.