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Colorado Daily – Stanford

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    By Stuart

    October 3rd
    Buffs open as a 29.5 point underdog
    In theory, it could have been worse … Las Vegas could have taken the Colorado/Stanford game “off” the board.
    Instead, No. 7 Stanford has been installed as a 29.5 point favorite over Colorado, and it’s hard to argue the numbers. The Cardinal has won 12 straight games, the longest current streak in the nation, while Colorado stands ready to double the old team record of ten straight road losses (set in 1980-81).
    Andrew Luck is the consensus No. 1 draft pick for the 2012 NFL draft, and will be facing two former running backs (Ray Polk and Brian Lockridge) and a former wide receiver (Jason Espinoza) dressing up as Colorado defensive backs.
    On the other side of the ball, the under-appreciated Stanford defense leads the nation in fewest points allowed, while the Colorado offense has struggled even against weak defenses.
    Perhaps if the weather is bad … (nope, current forecast is for 73 degrees and sunny in Palo Alto this Saturday).
    Anything else … short of letting the air out of the tires Stanford team bus??
    A model for success
    Stanford, with four straight losing seasons already on the ledger in the early part of the past decade, bottomed out in 2006 with a 1-11 record.
    The following year, the Cardinal brought in Jim Harbaugh as head coach, and the team showed moderate improvement, upping the win total to four.
    In 2008, Stanford looked to be on the brink of a breakthrough – and the first bowl game for the Cardinal since 2001 – but three straight losses at the end of the season to rivals Oregon, USC, and Cal turned a 5-4 start into a 5-7 and home-for-the-holidays finish.
    In 2009, the Cardinal finally went bowling after an eight year drought, finishing with an 8-5 record after a Sun Bowl loss to Oklahoma.
    Then, last fall, Stanford broke through, with a 12-1 campaign marred only by a 52-31 loss to Oregon.
    Now, Stanford is setting school records for winning streaks and consecutive weeks spent in the top ten.
    But only five short years ago, Stanford finished its season with only one win. Cardinal fans went seven seasons without a winning campaign or a bowl game.
    Yet look at Stanford today.
    Does this mean that Jon Embree is the second coming of Jim Harbaugh? Or that Connor Wood, Nick Hirschman, or Shane Dillon will become the next Andrew Luck?
    But it can be done …

    Originally posted by CU At the Game
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