December 6, 2015 | Rose Bowl
Pac-12 Champion Stanford University will end their season on college football's most hallowed ground, playing in the 102nd Rose Bowl Game® presented by Northwestern Mutual.
The Cardinal, who dominated the conference, save for their one loss to Oregon on Nov. 14, are headed back to familiar grounds. The 2016 game will mark the 15th time, and the third time in the last four years, that Stanford will make the trip south from Palo Alto to Pasadena's storied gridiron.
Cardinal coach David Shaw has been one of the most consistent leaders in college football during his five years at the helm of his alma mater. Shaw already amassed his 50th career victory in Stanford's 42-10 win at Colorado on November 7. Prior to being elevated to head coach in 2011, he served as Stanford's offensive coordinator under coach Jim Harbaugh from 2007-2010.
It has been said that winning at Stanford is a difficult proposition because of the rigorous academic standards the school has. Shaw has used that to his advantage, however, recruiting and signing not only top-flight athletes, but true student-athletes that embrace their status as future leaders in their chosen fields.
Stanford does share the footnote in history as one of the teams to play in the very first Rose Bowl Game in 1902, although the entire sport was much different then. And while the Cardinal did not win at Tournament Park that fateful day, even in their wildest dreams they could not possibly imagine how much they would become part of the American sports landscape.