What kind of follow-up act will the Cardinal have in the 2013/14 season after winning the Rose Bowl this past year? It's time to examine the futures odds for Stanford.
It was hard to grasp what kind of season Stanford would have
after the departure of stud quarterback Andrew Luck, but a 12-2 overall record,
including a Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin, proved that the Cardinal aren't going
There were some highly impressive wins on their resume,
including home victories over USC and Oregon State and a massive road win over
a previously unbeaten Oregon Ducks team. The Cardinal also topped UCLA twice, one of
which was for the Pac-12 title.
The only two losses for Stanford came on the road versus
Notre Dame (forgivable) and Washington.
2013 Futures Odds
As of now certain sportsbooks have the Cardinal at +2500 to
win the BCS National Championship Game next season.
What kind of company are they keeping? Those kind of college
football odds put them in the same category as the likes of Clemson,
Florida and Florida State, all of which are listed at the same odds.
Of the Pac-12 teams in the running, only Oregon is ahead of
Stanford on the College Football odds list. The Cardinal are well
ahead of UCLA (+5000), USC (+5000), Oregon State (+10000) and Washington
Though Stanford loses star running back Stepfan Taylor as
well as key tight ends Zach Ertz and Levine Toilolo, there's still reason to be
hopeful for another big year out of this team.
For one, the Cardinal will have Kevin Hogan back and he's
only going to get better. Hogan took over the starting quarterback job from
Josh Nunes and never looked back, completing 71.7 percent of his passes overall
and also offering up a threat with his athleticism.
Considering what he was able to do as a freshman, you have
to think Hogan will emerge as one of the most dangerous QBs in the country next
season. He wasn't asked to do too much once he took over the reigns of the
offense, but there's an excellent chance David Shaw will opt to let his
talented quarterback loose a little bit more in 2013.
This Stanford team also boasts one of the country's best
offensive lines, and their defense wasn't too shabby either. The Cardinal had
the #20-rated team defense in the country last season, mainly because of a run
defense that allowed just 97.0 yards per game.
If Stanford can get a couple playmakers to step up in the
backfield and out at receiver in order to surround Hogan with the necessary
talent, there's no reason to expect a major dropoff from Shaw's crew.
All things considered, it's not a terribly hard schedule.
The Cardinal will have to contend with Oregon, but that didn't seem to be an
issue this past season and now they get them at Stanford Stadium.
Stanford will also play host to the likes of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish,
UCLA and California, while road matchups versus USC and Oregon State could be
challenging. Nonetheless, as we mentioned, the Cardinal dealt with a similar
schedule with tremendous success in 2012.
That said, there's quite a
bit of pressure on this program now. Over the last three years, Stanford has
gone 35-5 and has won the Orange Bowl (over Virginia Tech in 2010) and the Rose
Bowl over Wisconsin this past year. What kind of damage will the Cardinal do in