Stanford is one of the most stable football programs in the country. As for that consistency, the 14th-ranked Cardinal will try to start the 2017 regular season the same way it ended the 2016 regular season: by beating Rice.
Stanford had an easy time on Nov. 26, beating the visiting Owls 41-17 and then going on to beat North Carolina in the Sun Bowl to finish 10-3, its fifth season of double-digit victories in coach David Shaw's six years as head coach. Rice ended 3-9.
The teams will meet again Saturday, this time in Sydney, Australia, in a game that will begin at 10 p.m. ET.