As spring practices commence around the nation, I’ll be looking at each of Notre Dame’s 12 opponents in the 2013 season and addressing some key questions and identifying potential breakout players.
This installment features the Stanford Cardinal, whose 35 wins over the past three seasons trail only Oregon. David Shaw's team will open the season ranked in the top 10 as it looks to defend its Pac-12 title. Stanford opens spring practice on February 25, with its spring game coming on April 13.
Let's take an early look at the 2013 Cardinal.