With running back Bryce Love, the Stanford Cardinal will likely be one of the top FBS teams in the nation this fall.
But in the age of the College Football Playoff, a conference title goes a long way to solidifying a team’s resume.
As Sports Illustrated highlights, Stanford has a tough road even making it to the Pac-12 championship.
Making consecutive trips to the conference title game is hard to do. Who faces an especially tall task in 2018? https://t.co/Fn52zTk2lH
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From Chris Johnson of SI:
There is a very good chance that Stanford will be one of the 10 best teams in the Power 5 this season. It returns a Heisman Trophy contender at running back (Bryce Love), multiple quarterbacks with strong recruiting pedigrees (K.J. Costello and Davis Mills), most of its starting offensive line and a potential all-conference linebacker (Bobby Okereke). Only twice in the seven seasons since David Shaw took over as the Cardinal’s head coach prior to the 2011 season has Stanford won fewer than 10 games, and it feels unlikely that it’ll happen a third time this fall.
Other teams at risk of not returning to their conference title games, according to Sports Illustrated, include TCU, Ohio State and Miami.