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Said it earlier in this thread.....Stanford wins the National Championship by 2015/16 if Shaw stays in town.
I made a similar prediction about Bama in 2007 [after Bama went 7-6 in 2007]....bet my buddy at work big bucks that Bama would win the National Title by 2012 season. He laughed and said I was an idiot. He's a Michigan St. alum and despises Saban. Fast forward to today and Bama may have 3 [instead of 1] title over the timeframe for our wager.
"You must show no mercy nor have any belief whatsoever in how others judge you, for your GREATNESS will silence them all." -ULTIMATE WARRIOR
To do what they have done, with their academic standards is phenomenal.
Any one can field a great team filled with 10 cent brains and the barely literate, but to do what Stanford has done with their uncompromising academic standards for acceptance - which includes it's athletes, is head and shoulders the most impressive top 10 team in CFB.
If people can not recognize that and admire it.....well you belong in the 10cent brain class.
This is so much more than on the field results.
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Stanford is a smart team who relies on execution so they don't necessarily need the elite recruiting classes to be successful. My concern about them next year is that they're losing a lot if production and leadership so I think the speculated top 5 rating is too high.
Guess we're chop liver over here
Atleast they get to be in Cali and not BFE Indiana.
Vandy is on par with Notre Dame, Stanford is on a whole other level. Elite of the elite.
Outside of Taylor, what do they lose?
Of course you're not "chopped liver", Domers are not alone there, but most of the good to prestigious academic universities make academic allowances for athletes. Stanford does not.
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This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by BamaBornDukie 15 months ago
Starting WR, 2 of the top 5 best TEs in the country, starting center, best defender, and the NT which is the hardest position to recruit. They do return 9 of 11 on defense though...it's just it's a big 2 to lose.
So.... we bring up another point, Bama is basically playing a university on par with Vanderbilt, the academic gem of the SEC.
Better kill the Irish, 'cause they can always fall back on their "we're an academic powerhouse, not a football factory" mantra.
You predicted Saban would win a championship at Bama? That was a stretch.
Forgot about Chase Thomas, but a healthy Skov is their best defender.
Shittu should be able to fill in at NT.
Toilolo is not a top 5 TE.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. Of course it's impressive. Especially relative to every other school that has high level athletics. But unless things have changed dramatically since I was in college the average Stanford FB player does not = the average Stanford student.
Like I wrote earlier, I know several ex-Stanford players well. And most are just normal dudes. Not one is even remotely stupid, but only one that I can think of could be categorized as otherworldly smart. Put it this way... At least 15 people went to Stanford out of my HS class. And of those I'd say at least ten were D1 level athletes. Two tennis players, at least four swimmers, a gymnast, a diver, couple of runners... Of those (off the top of my head) I'd say only a couple of them graduated in the top 10% of the class. They were good students, but no way would they have been admitted straight up. Stanford makes exceptions for athletes. They also make exceptions for tuba players. They make exceptions for anyone with a special talent. The admittance board vs the coaches has been the hot topic on that campus since forever... The coaches have to spend half their time lobbying for these exceptions.
This is true. But they still have higher standards to get in for athletes than almost anyone else.
When I was in HS coach Stotz was recruiting me (baseball). I had a 1800 SAT (new one) but he couldn't get me in. I could make it in at every other school that recruited me, including Dartmouth.
Either that or he lied because he wanted to dump my ass
Of course you're right. In truth I'm just being a bitch about it this... I just laugh whenever the media portrays all Stanford football players as Andrew Luck style smart.
As for your situ, yeah, I can totally see that. But it's a timing thing. It was relative to who else they were recruiting (and their needs) when you were coming out. Stanford was LOADED in baseball when I was in college. Stotz has to play the "ok, ok, gimme this guy and you can ding these two other guys" with the admissions board constantly.
Stanford does it the right way, there is no doubt. But you can't field all these sick teams in multiple sports selecting only from the ultra brainiac pool. It's statistically not possible.
I got work-hosed out of my Waimea trip btw. Bitter.
I like you.
-Saban had 1 title at the time when the bet was made and his overall winning % wasn't overly impressive.
-Look at Bama's record over the previous 5 years (2003-2007)
-The bet was "within the next 5 years" that Bama would win the National Championship
-The amount of the "bet" was very, very substantial (ie. ownership share of a small business.....value of wager was in excess of $500,000)
Yep.....it was a stretch......given the above parameters.
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