#25 Stanford Cardinal: College Football 77 in 77

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After two years up at the top rung in college football, the Stanford Cardinal are likely to take a step down. Probably not a BCS appearance in the works for the trees this year, but they’ll still stand tall with a winning season. It all starts with trying to replace Andrew Luck who’s now the franchise QB with the Indianapolis Colts.

They have the Pac-12’s best returning rusher in Stepfan Taylor, so he’ll be the focus of the offense this year; while they break in a new signal caller in either Brett Nottingham or Josh Nunes.

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Stanford and Northwestern initiate football series; not academic quiz bowl

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Think of it like an Academic Quiz Bowl, except on the gridiron. Northwestern continues college football series with all the schools across the nation with similar elite graduation rates and exceedingly stringent entrance requirements. They’ve had recent home-and-homes with Vanderbilt, Duke and Rice.

They have a similar series slated with Notre Dame, and now Stanford.

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#4 Stanford Crushes #22 Notre Dame: (Andrew) Luck of the non-Irish

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Two years ago Toby Gerhart, now with the Minnesota Vikings then with the Stanford Cardinal, ran for over 200 yards on Notre Dame. The performance moved him up the Heisman Trophy pecking order, and he lost (by the slimmest margin of all time) to current member of the New Orleans Saints then member of the Alabama Crimson Tide Mark Ingram.

Tonight Andrew Luck, the mortal lock to the be the #1 pick in the NFL Draft in April intended to stake his claim for the most prestigious trophy in college football by exploiting the Fighting Irish. But there was no luck of the Irish. And it actually wasn’t luck of the Cardinal either. It was skill and talent of the Cardinal: Luck, Colby Fleener, Stepfan Taylor etc.

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#3 Stanford Cardinal: College Football 77 in 77

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It was a huge offseason down on The Farm. Coach Jim Harbaugh left for the San Francisco 49ers and their star player very unexpectedly returned. Why did Stanford Cardinal superstar QB Andrew Luck pass up the guaranteed glory and millions of dollars that comes with being the #1 pick in the NFL Draft to return to school and work more on his architecture degree?

Only the most inside of insiders in Palo Alto and the Luck family truly know the answer to that. Why did Harbaugh leave for the NFL now instead of waiting a year to leave with Luck? It all adds up to a year that has a lot of transition and familiarity at the same. And this paradox could equal a conference title and perhaps something bigger?

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