Found December 01, 2012 on Fox Sports West:
STANFORD -- Way back in the summer, when assessments were laid out, the expectations for Stanford were... well, there weren't many. Andrew Luck, the sublimely gifted quarterback, was gone to the NFL and so were two of his linemen and the tight end who was his favorite target, all of them among the top 42 picks in the draft. No Luck? Good luck. Back then, USC was the consensus top team in the country, Oregon was not far behind, and there were intriguing new coaches in the Pac-12 in Mike Leach and Rich Rodriguez. Stanford, which had lost Luck and the year before that Coach Jim Harbaugh, was supposed to slowly drift back toward irrelevance. But by late Friday night, the Cardinal were heading in a decidedly different direction -- to the Rose Bowl for the first time in 13 years after grinding out a 27-24 rain-soaked, come-from-behind victory over UCLA in the Pac-12 title game. "That's all we heard all off-season: Oh, Andrew's gone -- we're a six-win team, a s...
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