1981 Stanford Cardinals football team

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1981 Stanford Cardinals football
Stanford block S.jpg
Big Game Champions
Conference Pacific-10 Conference
1981 record 4–7 (4–4 Pac-10)
Head coach Paul Wiggin (2nd year)
Home stadium Stanford Stadium (c. 85,500, grass)
Seasons
« 1980 1982 »
1981 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#10 Washington 6 2 0     10 2 0
#16 Arizona State 5 2 0     9 2 0
#14 USC 5 2 0     9 3 0
Washington State 5 2 1     8 3 1
UCLA 5 2 1     7 4 1
Arizona 4 4 0     6 5 0
Stanford 4 4 0     4 7 0
California 2 6 0     2 9 0
Oregon 1 6 0     2 9 0
Oregon State 0 7 0     1 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1981 Stanford Cardinals football team represented Stanford University in the 1981 NCAA Division I-A football season. This was the last year the team was called the Cardinals; beginning in 1982, the team was referred to as the singular Cardinal, representing the color.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 12 12:20 PM PDT at Purdue #19 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN ABC L 19–27   62,778
September 19 1:00 PM PDT San Jose State Stanford StadiumStanford, CA USA L 6–28   67,888
September 26 1:00 PM PDT #8 Ohio State Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA ESPN L 19–24   76,102
October 3 7:00 PM PDT at Arizona Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ USA L 13–17   41,110
October 10 1:00 PM PDT #17 UCLA Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA USA W 26–23   70,103
October 17 1:00 PM PDT at #7 USC Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA L 17–25   76,291
October 24 1:00 PM PDT #17 Arizona State Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA L 36–62   52,855
October 31 1:30 PM PST at #18 Washington Husky StadiumSeattle, WA L 31–42   55,856
November 7 1:00 PM PST at Oregon State Parker StadiumCorvallis, OR W 63–9   22,000
November 14 1:00 PM PST Oregon Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA USA W 42–3   36,106
November 21 1:00 PM PST California Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA (84th Big Game) USA W 42–21   84,536
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

[2] Notes:

a All times in Pacific Time Zone. (UTC–7 and UTC–8 starting October 25)

Game notes[edit]

at Purdue[edit]

San Jose State[edit]

Ohio State[edit]

at Arizona[edit]

UCLA[edit]

at Southern California[edit]

Arizona State[edit]

at Washington[edit]

at Oregon State[edit]

Oregon[edit]

California[edit]

California at Stanford
1 2 3 4 Total
California 7 0 7 7 21
Stanford 7 14 14 7 42


Rankings[edit]

AP poll[edit]

Week Ranking
pre 18
September 7, 1981 19
September 14, 1981 NR
September 21, 1981 NR
September 28, 1981 NR
October 5, 1981 NR
October 12, 1981 NR
October 19, 1981 NR
October 26, 1981 NR
November 2, 1981 NR
November 9, 1981 NR
November 16, 1981 NR
November 23, 1981 NR
November 30, 1981 NR
January 3, 1982 NR

[3]

Coaches' poll[edit]

Week Ranking
September 14, 1981 NR
September 21, 1981 NR
September 28, 1981 NR
October 5, 1981 NR
October 12, 1981 NR
October 19, 1981 NR
October 26, 1981 NR
November 2, 1981 NR
November 9, 1981 NR
November 16, 1981 NR
November 23, 1981 NR
November 30, 1981 NR
January 3, 1982 NR

[4]

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