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8. Andrew Luck returns

Orange Bowl domination was awesome, but would this be it for the elite era of Stanford football? Would Jim Harbaugh, the savior of the program who had been surrounded by dozens of job rumors for over a year, bolt to Michigan or the NFL? Would Andrew Luck, "The Truth," follow him out the door? Had the clock run out on Stanford's 15 minutes of fame?

We continue our ambitious offseason series, counting down the top 40 moments of the Harbaugh/Shaw era. No matter how you slice it, Stanford football has arrived. Though we've since assumed all the trappings of a football powerhouse – the three straight runner-up finishes in Heisman voting, the two straight BCS bowl berths and top-10 finishes, the top-ten 2012 recruiting class, or the eminent... Recommended Stories

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