After playing in three consecutive BCS bowl games, the Stanford Cardinal are looking for more this season. The 2013 College Football Predictions have the Cardinal listed at 27/1 odds to win the BCS Title game and they're one of the favorite in the Pac-12 Conference this year. Ranked in the Top 5 of nearly every major poll for college football, Stanford is looking for a very solid season.
Kevin Hogan has taken over the reigns of Stanford's football program from Andrew Luck, who is now tearing it up in the NFL. This year Stanford could be the team that challenges Alabama in the national title game, but they will have to survive their schedule, which is extremely tough from the third weekend of October on. In their final six games Stanford will play five preseason ranked opponents — UCLA, at Oregon State, Oregon, at USC and Notre Dame.
David Shaw enters his fourth season at the helm of the Cardinal and he's posted an impressive 23-4 record. They're coming off a victory over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. Stanford surrendered just 17 points per game on average last year and won 12 of the 14 games they played. Maybe the most impressive stat for Stanford this year — nine starters come back on defense.
Offensively they're replacing Stepfan Taylor, the school's all-time leading rusher. But by the time they get to the meat of their schedule they should have that figured out as they play several weak defensive units. Stanford is in for a very good season.
2013 Stanford Cardinal College Football Predictions:
Stanford Odds to win the 2014 BCS National Championship 27/1Stanford Odds to win the 2013 Pac-12 Championship 4/1Stanford Odds to win the 2013 Pac-12 South Division +260Stanford Regular Season Wins: Over 9.5 (-115), Under 9.5 (-115)
Stanford Cardinal Schedule:9/7 vs. San Jose State9/14 at Army9/21 vs. Arizona State9/28 at Washington State10/5 vs. Washington10/12 at Utah10/19 vs. UCLA10/26 at Oregon State11/7 vs. Oregon11/16 at USC11/23 vs. California11/30 vs. Notre Dame
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