As the weekend unfolded, it was one to remember for the Stanford Cardinals athletic department. The Cardinals showed that they don’t need Toby Gerhart or last years #1 draft pick Andrew Luck. They showed that the team as a whole can provide a major show as they upset the #2 team in the nation USC 21-14. Offense was a huge component of winning Saturday nights game, as Stepfan Taylor ran for 153 yards with 2 rushing touchdowns while Josh Nunes worked at a great pace moving his team down the field. The Cards defense was stout holding senior Matt Barkley with good pass blitzes and amazing pressure on almost every play. Penalties also affected the game as USC gave up crucial yardage when the game was on the line. I definitely think that Stanford has what it takes to be in the top 10 in the nation. At 3-0, they have a good start for a run at the Pac 12 title and a definite chance to get in a good bowl. The team needs to keep their confidence and keep rolling. Gerhart had an era, Luck had an era, and now the whole team is going to show that they are ready to do the unthinkable. Stanford also have a few more tough matchups this season in Notre Dame and Oregon towards the second half of the season which could further show their prominence. All in all, watch out for Stanford as they rise to the top.

 Brayden West