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{{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}}The Stanford Cardinal football program represents Stanford University in college football at the NCAA Division I FBS level and is a member of the Pac-12 Conference's North Division. Stanford, the top-ranked academic institution with a FBS program,<ref>In virtually all rankings of U.S. universities, Stanford is rated in the top six with Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, MIT, and Caltech. None of these field an FBS team.</ref> has a highly successful football tradition. The team is currently known as the Cardinal, adopted prior to the 1982 season.<ref name=wihonn>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Stanford was known as the "Indians" from 1930 to January 1972,<ref name=robbrn>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> and the "Cardinals" from 1972 through 1981. A student vote in December 1975 to change the nickname to "Robber Barons" was not approved by administrators.<ref name=robbrn/><ref name=plobj>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>

Stanford has fielded football teams every year since 1892 with a few exceptions. Like a number of other teams from the era concerned with violence in the sport, the school dropped football in favor of rugby from 1906 to 1917. The school also did not field a team in 1918 (due to World War I) or in 1943, 1944, and 1945 (due to World War II).

The school participated in the first-ever Rose Bowl against Michigan in 1902, in which they were routed 49-0. Its annual Big Game against California is the oldest and most storied rivalry in the Pac-12 and western United States. The Cardinal also compete for the Legends Trophy against independent rival Notre Dame.

The program has an all-time record of 613–445–49 for a winning percentage of .576 and has winning series records against all of its Pac-12 North rivals, except for the Washington Huskies, against whom they are 40–41–4.<ref>According to the Stanford Football media guide, the all-time series records against the rest of the Pac-12 North are: California, 60–46–11; Oregon, 46–31–1; Oregon State 53–25–3; Washington State 39–25–1.</ref> Led by legendary coach Glenn "Pop" Warner, who still has the most wins in Cardinal history, Stanford claimed National Championships in 1926 and 1940. In 1926, the team was undefeated in the regular season and tied Alabama in the 1927 Rose Bowl. The 1940 team went unbeaten and untied after defeating Nebraska 21–13 in the 1941 Rose Bowl, but the team ranked #2 in the final AP poll released before the game was played.

Pop Warner's era predated the AP poll, but Stanford has finished at least one season in the Top 10 in six different decades under seven different coaches: Claude E. Thornhill in 1934, Clark Shaughnessy in 1940, Chuck Taylor in 1951, John Ralston in 1970 and 1971, Bill Walsh in 1992, Jim Harbaugh in 2010, and David Shaw in 2011 and 2012. Stanford's most recent season finish in the top 5 was in 2010 after the #5 Cardinal dismantled ACC Champion Virginia Tech 40–12 in the 2011 Orange Bowl to finish with a school record 12–1. The Cardinal have played in 25 bowl games in their history, including 15 appearances in bowls now comprising the Bowl Championship Series, specifically fourteen Rose Bowls, the 2011 Orange Bowl, and the 2012 Fiesta Bowl.

Quarterback Jim Plunkett is the only Stanford player to win the Heisman Trophy, doing so in 1970. Three Stanford players have finished second in Heisman voting: quarterback John Elway was second to Herschel Walker in 1982; running back Toby Gerhart was second to Mark Ingram in 2009; and quarterback Andrew Luck finished second twice: to Cam Newton in 2010 and to Robert Griffin III in 2011.


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{{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}}The Stanford Cardinal football program represents Stanford University in college football at the NCAA Division I FBS level and is a member of the Pac-12 Conference's North Division. Stanford, the top-ranked academic institution with a FBS program,<ref>In virtually all rankings of U.S. universities, Stanford is rated in the top six with Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, MIT, and Caltech. None of these field an FBS team.</ref> has a highly successful football tradition. The team is currently known as the Cardinal, adopted prior to the 1982 season.<ref name=wihonn>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Stanford was known as the "Indians" from 1930 to January 1972,<ref name=robbrn>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> and the "Cardinals" from 1972 through 1981. A student vote in December 1975 to change the nickname to "Robber Barons" was not approved by administrators.<ref name=robbrn/><ref name=plobj>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>

Stanford has fielded football teams every year since 1892 with a few exceptions. Like a number of other teams from the era concerned with violence in the sport, the school dropped football in favor of rugby from 1906 to 1917. The school also did not field a team in 1918 (due to World War I) or in 1943, 1944, and 1945 (due to World War II).

The school participated in the first-ever Rose Bowl against Michigan in 1902, in which they were routed 49-0. Its annual Big Game against California is the oldest and most storied rivalry in the Pac-12 and western United States. The Cardinal also compete for the Legends Trophy against independent rival Notre Dame.

The program has an all-time record of 613–445–49 for a winning percentage of .576 and has winning series records against all of its Pac-12 North rivals, except for the Washington Huskies, against whom they are 40–41–4.<ref>According to the Stanford Football media guide, the all-time series records against the rest of the Pac-12 North are: California, 60–46–11; Oregon, 46–31–1; Oregon State 53–25–3; Washington State 39–25–1.</ref> Led by legendary coach Glenn "Pop" Warner, who still has the most wins in Cardinal history, Stanford claimed National Championships in 1926 and 1940. In 1926, the team was undefeated in the regular season and tied Alabama in the 1927 Rose Bowl. The 1940 team went unbeaten and untied after defeating Nebraska 21–13 in the 1941 Rose Bowl, but the team ranked #2 in the final AP poll released before the game was played.

Pop Warner's era predated the AP poll, but Stanford has finished at least one season in the Top 10 in six different decades under seven different coaches: Claude E. Thornhill in 1934, Clark Shaughnessy in 1940, Chuck Taylor in 1951, John Ralston in 1970 and 1971, Bill Walsh in 1992, Jim Harbaugh in 2010, and David Shaw in 2011 and 2012. Stanford's most recent season finish in the top 5 was in 2010 after the #5 Cardinal dismantled ACC Champion Virginia Tech 40–12 in the 2011 Orange Bowl to finish with a school record 12–1. The Cardinal have played in 25 bowl games in their history, including 15 appearances in bowls now comprising the Bowl Championship Series, specifically fourteen Rose Bowls, the 2011 Orange Bowl, and the 2012 Fiesta Bowl.

Quarterback Jim Plunkett is the only Stanford player to win the Heisman Trophy, doing so in 1970. Three Stanford players have finished second in Heisman voting: quarterback John Elway was second to Herschel Walker in 1982; running back Toby Gerhart was second to Mark Ingram in 2009; and quarterback Andrew Luck finished second twice: to Cam Newton in 2010 and to Robert Griffin III in 2011.


Stanford Cardinal football sections
Intro  History  Season records  Bowl game appearances and results  Coaches by number of victories  Individual honors  Current NFL players   Rivalries    Future non-conference opponents  References  External links  

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