Stanford was supposed to slide back to being, well, Stanford after Jim Harbaugh left. It didn't happen. David Shaw kept the momentum rolling and the Cardinal is regularly mentioned among elite teams. Beating Oregon twice in a row certainly helps your standing, as does winning 26 of 27 home games, including 16 in a row. Stanford is next to impossible to beat in California, where it has won 33 of 36 games. Key early game to watch: Sept. 6 against USC.
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