With what they have coming back or based on who they play? Stanford is good but they are a product of a bad league with the exception of Oregon and they will not win when it counts.
Don't get me wrong, I like Stanford. But to believe that they would beat all but 4 teams in the country is not realistic. In my humble opinion they would beat the Butteyes who have proven over the last decade they are merely pretenders nationally and very good against a horrendous Big 10.
Listen, I'm an LSU fan and have been for close to twenty years now. But, there are other leagues in the nation that are good. The Pac 12 is arguably, the second best league at this point. So, no..............Stanford is not the product of a "bad league". They beat Oregon with the same philosophy that we beat them a couple of years ago. Stanford's defense is built like an SEC defense. Do they have the overall speed that an LSU or Alabama defense has...? No. But they do wreak havoc with their front seven and they have speed in the defensive secondary. Take off the purple and gold glasses and give the Cardinal their due.
I know one thing..........if we were playing them instead of TCU in the Cowboys Classic, I'd be a lot more nervous about this first game. TCU will be a blowout...................Stanford would be closer than a lot of LSU folks expected.