Army Opponent Preview: Stanford

The 2013 Army football season is rapidly approaching. Between now and fall camp ArmySports.com will preview each of the 12 opponents in no particular order. Today we'll look at Stanford.

The 2013 Army football season is rapidly approaching. Between now and fall camp ArmySports.com will preview each of the 12 opponents in no particular order. Today we'll look at Stanford.

Opponent: Stanford

2012 record: 12-2

2012 final RPI: 44.06 (No. 6)

Game Date: Sept. 14, 2013, Noon.

Site: West Point, N.Y.; Michie Stadium

Last meeting: 1979 Army, 17-13

Head coach: David Shaw 23-4 (2 years)

Offensive starters returning: 6

Defensive starters returning: 8

Special teams starters returning: 3

2012 VITAL STATS OFFENSE

Points scored per game: 27.86 (No. 70 in FBS)
Passing yards per game: 200.14 (No. 93 in FBS)
Rushing yards per game: 174.29 (No. 48 in FBS)

2012 VITAL STATS DEFENSE

Points allowed per game: 17.21 (No. 11 in FBS)
Passing yards allowed per game: 293.21 (No. 70 in FBS)
Rushing yards allowed per game: 97.0 (No. 5 in FBS)

OTHER VITAL STATS

Turnover ratio: .64; fumbles gained 12, lost 8; Interceptions gained 15, lost 10.

COMMENTS

Stanford was a powerhouse in 2012 with wins over USC, Arizona, Oregon and Wisconsin (Rose Bowl). Along with starting quarterback Kevin Hogan, the Cardinal return four of five on the offensive line including three all-Pac-12 players. On defense things look even better as Stanford has nearly everyone back including the bulk of the D-line. 6-foot-6, 261 pound linebacker Trent Murphy had 10 sacks a year ago.

2013 Army Football Schedule
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Aug. 31 Morgan State
Sep. 7 Ball State
Sep. 14 Stanford
Sep. 21 Wake Forest
Sep. 28 at Louisiana Tech
Oct. 5 at Boston College
Oct. 12 Eastern Michigan
Oct. 19 at Temple
Nov. 2 at Air Force
Nov. 9 Western Kentucky
Nov. 30 at Hawai'i
Dec. 14 vs. Navy (Philadelphia)

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