No. 5 Stanford to begin Pac-12 play Saturday against Arizona State

  • Stanford head coach David Shaw argues a call with an official during the second half of an NCAA college football game against San Jose State in Stanford, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. Stanford won 34-13. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

STANFORD — Since Stanford won the Pac-12 Conference and the Rose Bowl last season, momentum has been building toward a few pivotal points on the schedule.

One of those is now.

After victories over San Jose State and Army, the competition is about to get a whole lot tougher. The fifth-ranked Cardinal (2-0) will begin Pac-12 play against No.<WC><TH><WC1>23 Arizona State (2-0) on Saturday at Stanford Stadium.

The Cardinal also will host No. 17 Washington, No. 13 UCLA and No. 2 Oregon between away games against Washington State, Utah and Oregon State over the next seven weeks.

"Everybody in our conference has a run of five or six games in a row that you look at and say, 'Whew. Here we go,' " Stanford coach David Shaw said Tuesday. "And that's to me what makes it hard, and that's to me what makes it special."

Just how good the Cardinal can be is still somewhat of a mystery.

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