In his lastest updated Pac 12 Post Spring game rankings ESPN’s Ted Miller has gone with the team with an experienced head coach at the top. It’s not Mark Helfrich. It’s David Shaw. Stanford is at the top of the Post Spring(game) rankings. He took into account Oregon’s coaching changes as a big factor in the decision to put the Ducks in 2nd place.
Here is what Miller had to say about Oregon:
"While Stanford and Oregon feel like 1A and 1B, you have to account for the uncertainty of the Ducks’ changing coaches, particularly when it’s one with as big a presence as Chip Kelly. The returning talent, including Heisman Trophy hopeful Marcus Mariota at quarterback, is strong on both sides of the ball."
April 13, 2013; Stanford, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal head coach David Shaw instructs his team after the Cardinal
Stanford is on top because they have no holes to fill and plenty of experience returning in the Fall. Of course, who could forget they also beat Oregon last season at Autzen. The Cardinal will be even stronger this season and Oregon has to travel to Palo Alto to face them.
Of course, we haven’t even played a game yet and I’m sure these rankings, like all the rest that come out in the preseason will ebb and flow as we roll on.
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