Stanford Football: 5 Reasons Why the Cardinal Are Here to Stay

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Stanford Football: 5 Reasons Why the Cardinal Are Here to Stay
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Pasadena for New Year's

Stanford University is best known for its lofty academic stature, featuring among its alumni and faculty legions of internet moguls, Nobel laureates and Supreme Court justices.

This may not be the case much longer, though, as the Cardinal football team takes center stage en route to Pasadena for its third consecutive BCS bowl.

Despite stringent admissions standards upheld by few—if any—BCS schools, The Farm has built a successful football program with staying power. The team is currently thriving despite the departures of former coach Jim Harbaugh, Heisman runner-ups Andrew Luck and Toby Gerhart, and 12 NFL draftees in last year's draft.

Stanford's record since 2009 is a gaudy 34-5, and the Cardinal, led by head coach David Shaw, are just getting started.

Turn the page to see why.

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