Just because Andrew Luck is gone, doesn’t mean that Stanford is toothless.
In 2009, the Cardinal thought they would never have another talent like Toby Gerhart, but lo and behold, a new star rose in 2010 with Luck.
With a rock-solid recruiting class for 2012, Stanford looks to have reloaded.
Stanford’s schedule is a bit weak for the first two games—San Jose State and Duke—and then the Cardinal host their first Pac-12 matchup against the motivated and talented USC Trojans.
While the first three games are home games, they will take place before the fall academic quarter begins. Despite the lack of students at the first few home games, the Cardinal have a respectable chance of winning the Pac-12 this season.
Let’s take a look at the pivotal matchups for Stanford in 2012.