Sports Illustrated ranked the Stanford Cardinal just outside the top 10 in its post-spring top 25.
Stanford is ranked No. 11 by Sports Illustrated. The Cardinal is the second highest Pac-12 team ranked. Washington at No. 4 is the only school in the conference ranked higher than Stanford.
Sports Illustrated’s Chris Johnson pointed to running back Bryce Love’s decision to return to college football as the key to Stanford’s high ranking.
“[Bryce Love’s] choice to return to Palo Alto rather than jump to the pros could tilt the Pac-12 North in the Cardinal’s favor.”
Love didn’t participate in spring practices due to an ankle injury that nagged him for part of last season. He’s expected to be back healthy by training camp. With Love in the backfield, Stanford can compete with anybody.