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Anyone who's expecting Stanford to fall off the map now that Andrew Luck's wearing a Colt uniform is mistaken.
Coach David Shaw's team is here to stay, and though the quarterback situation is still a mystery, the Cardinal have more than enough offensive talent to cause problems.
Toss in perhaps the league's most intimidating front seven, and you're looking at a tough squad for anyone to play.
Though Cal has lost their last two meetings with Stanford, they have a few advantages in this year's matchup.
The Golden Bears were able to bottle up the run game fairly effectively over the past two years, but Luck simply eviscerated every defense that Cal threw at him (almost 500 yards and four touchdowns in the two meetings).
Now that they're facing a less experienced quarterback, Cal should be able to focus on the run and force the Cardinal to throw the ball early and often.
There's still no telling if the Golden Bears will be able to put up any points against the Stanford defense, but there's definitely a chance.