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Despite the loss of the underrated Stepfan Taylor, the ground game should still remain strong for the Cardinal.
Stanford's Tyler Gaffney put his baseball career on hold to return as a running back for the defending Rose Bowl champion Cardinal.
Unfortunately, I think Stanford is going to have a phenomenal year. Shaw is a solid coach and Hogan stepping in at QB and getting Gaffney back can only help their offense. Barry Sanders JR could be a threat next year too.. Their D is going to be solid again. I, unlike probably many others, do not mind Stanford being a solid football program. I can always respect schools that have some sort of academic integrity. That being said, I hope ND beats the s$!? out of them come Nov 30. It would be nice to see two 11-0 "academic" schools battling for a spot in the nat champ game the last week in November....
I'd love to see ND, Stanford, Vanderbilt, and Northwestern in the top 25 on an annual basis. Hogan scares me, but we will definitely whoop that @$$ come November. Their D is always stout but they lost some studs I think.
5 Time POTW--Gringo Mafia Director of Guerrilla Warfare
I am not very high on Coach Shaw. I think he has some good attributes but recruiting is not one of them. He still has some studs that were teed up from Harbaugh but it will be a slow steady decline over the next few years.
They had limited numbers this past February. They're developing players pretty well, and doing it with a tremendously rigorous admissions process.
They're tough up front on both side of the ball. That will keep you consistent for a long time if that's your philosophy.
Stanford isn't going anywhere. Shaw is a good coach. ND fans might as well start coming to grips with it.
Stanford's situation mirrors the Irish. They return nearly all of their defense, but lose a key playmaker. On offense, they have a young quarterback with ample upside, but they lost about three quarters of their productivity. No reason why they shouldn't be in the BCS conversation once again. I like Shaw but he has no head coaching track record beyond his current tenure, and that comes with the Harbaugh halo effect, so there is still a wait and see element to the verdict. They had a predictable drop off in recruiting last year because of a numbers issue, so there will be a wait and see element to that, as well. After this year, he will have turned over most of the Harbaugh players, and, like Brian Kelly, will be at a point where he can put his own stamp on the face of the program. His challenge, however, is that Stanford, for all its appeal in other areas, doesn't have the cachet of Notre Dame in football. If he can keep it at that level, he will have truly accomplished something. Then the challenge comes for Stanford to keep him, because it is not yet viewed as a destination job.
I may not be pretty, but I'm fast.....
POTW 1/31/11 - 2/6/11
23-4 .857 BCS Bowl win ( Rose Bowl ) in two seasons.
This is a tough crowd.
I hope they remain good. ND needs several top 20 teams on the schedule to counter balance the teams who play conference championship games. Playing a bad Stanford team (like they were before Harbaugh got there) does not help ND.
Stanford should be really solid this year, but they won't be able to run on our D, and if they can't run than they can't win.
Sure, Shaw stinks as a recruiter.
That's why Kyle Murphy, Andrus Peat and Josh Garnett are ready to play on the offensive line.
And what a "reach" Barry Sanders was as an RB.
You know, I wonder, was Bertrand Russell right when he said "People would rather die than think?."
Who knew Bertrand Russell followed recruiting? I bet he and Wittgenstein could really get into it over a few beers.
We will beat Stanford this year, mark it down.
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