Hello! As my SBN name and the title of this fanpost will suggest, I am a Stanford fan. It appears that our football teams are headed for a collision course on January 1 in Pasadena. First, I must confess how much I respect your program and your team. It will be an honor to do battle with you. Great job on beating Ohio State, though. I can stand them almost as little as Oregon (my fourth-least favorite Pac-12 team).
Now, as we play in different conferences and only have one mutual opponent between us (that being Notre Dame, which happened at the beginning of your season and at the end of ours, which shouldn't say much), I find myself wanting to familiarize myself with your team before the Rose Bowl, and I'm sure that you want to do the same for my team. With that in mind, I have a couple of questions. And yes, I could probably check the stats to see this, but I'd like to hear the answers from people who have been faithfully watching their team the entire year and know all the vicissitudes and idiosyncrasies that have occurred throughout the year.
What does your offense like doing? Being a fan of a team in the Pac-12, I see many different kinds of offenses each week. Do you run more or pass more? How good are you at each? Is your offensive line good? Any notable players that I probably haven't heard of, but should know about?
As for your defense, I know it is the best in the country in terms of yards allowed per game. Is there any offensive strategy that has been successful against your defense? Does your defense defend the run and pass equally well, or one better than the other? Again, any standouts I should know of?
How are your special teams? Are your kicker and punter good? Stanford's an excellent returning team, so how's your kick coverage?
And finally, how do you like your coaching staff? Does Dantonio seem to plan a better game if given more time? Is he conservative? Does he like running trick plays? Is he good at managing time during the two minute drill?
Preemptively, thanks for answering my onslaught of questions. And rest assured that I'll probably be around some of the time before the Rose Bowl, and I'll be glad to answer any questions you may have about Stanford. Finally, good luck in the Rose Bowl, and we'll see you there.