College Football 2011: Stanford's 5 Dream Scenarios for 2011
Stanford, home of an unruly marching band, a nightmarish tree and a powerful offense, has the chance to make history this season.
Going from a debunked crowd of players to a challenging team to play, Stanford may have what it takes to create a major upset in the Pac-12 and, with any Luck, nab a national championship.
Maintain the Axe
The Big Game between Cal-Berkeley and Stanford is the capstone of their rivalry, and what better way to symbolize the feud than the Axe? Jeff Tedford owned Stanford for many years, but last season Stanford demolished Cal 48-15.
This would be a satisfying victory come the 2011 season, and if Stanford performs the same as last season, Cal is going to have its hands full.
Andrew Luck Wins the Heisman
While these are dream scenarios for Stanford, Andrew Luck winning the Heisman is probably one of the most realistic.
Last year Luck finished second behind Cam Newton, and he is the overwhelming preseason favorite to win it this year.
Luck Stays for Senior Year
Luck already spurned the NFL once—wouldn’t it be spectacular if he did it again? He loves college life, both as an athlete and a student, and he doesn’t need the money.
Maybe he pulls a Jake Locker and sticks around for his senior year.
Stanford last went to the Rose Bowl in 2000 and is itching for a return. If Stanford ends up with one or two losses and a high enough ranking, the Rose Bowl committee could extend Stanford a Rose-colored ticket.
Last year, Stanford gave Oregon all it could handle for the first half before collapsing in the second in Eugene.
The Cardinal get the Ducks in Palo Alto this year, and beating them might be the only stumbling block to a magical season. Do you believe in miracles?