Power Rankings: No. 13 Stanford
August, 8, 2012
By ESPN.com staff | ESPN.com
After back-to-back appearances in BCS bowl games, the Cardinal are beginning life anew without quarterback Andrew Luck. The guy under center might be different, but the philosophy and personality of the team shouldn't be. Stanford's identity is a run-first, power football team. That won't change as Stepfan Taylor returns after posting back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. The Cardinal also return six of the starting front seven on defense. Plus, linebacker Shayne Skov is back after a knee injury, which should make them that much better since he is widely regarded as one of the top middle linebackers in the country. Luck is gone, but the Cardinal will continue to do what they do best, grind on offense and punish on defense.
For more on ESPN.com’s preseason Power Rankings, click here.
College Head Coaches Drawing Interest
10:43 3rd Qtr Washington State 38 Colorado State 23 10:40 2nd Qtr 20 Fresno State 6 25 USC 14 5:30 PM ET Buffalo San Diego State 9:00 PM ET Tulane Louisiana-Lafayette
6:00 PM ET Pittsburgh Bowling Green 9:30 PM ET Utah State 23 Northern Illinois
2:30 PM ET Marshall Maryland 6:00 PM ET Syracuse Minnesota 9:30 PM ET Brigham Young Washington
12:00 PM ET Rutgers Notre Dame 3:20 PM ET Cincinnati North Carolina 6:45 PM ET Miami (FL) 18 Louisville 10:15 PM ET Michigan Kansas State
11:45 AM ET Middle Tennessee Navy 3:15 PM ET Ole Miss Georgia Tech 6:45 PM ET 10 Oregon Texas 10:15 PM ET 14 Arizona State Texas Tech
12:30 PM ET Arizona Boston College 2:00 PM ET Virginia Tech 17 UCLA 4:00 PM ET Rice Mississippi State 8:00 PM ET 24 Duke 21 Texas A&M
12:00 PM ET Nebraska 22 Georgia 12:00 PM ET UNLV North Texas 1:00 PM ET Iowa 16 LSU 1:00 PM ET 19 Wisconsin 9 South Carolina 5:00 PM ET 5 Stanford 4 Michigan State 8:30 PM ET 15 UCF 6 Baylor
7:30 PM ET 13 Oklahoma State 8 Missouri 8:30 PM ET 12 Clemson 7 Ohio State