Predicting Stanford 2010

Should be plenty to cheer for if we're right

The calendar says it's summer, and we say it's time for our annual prediction roundtable. Bootleg luminaries Jim Rutter, Lars Ahlstrom, Wyndam Makowsky, Scott Cooley, Andy Drukarev, Matt Squeri and yours truly predict every game, the Pac-10's order of finish and more. Do the "experts" know anything? Time will tell.

National consensus is 7-5, so looks like the hometown fans are about a game more optimistic, with predictions here starting at 8-4. Pay attention to those fearless predictions too – some of us used our connections to help give insight into what to expect come fall, while some of us really went out on a limb.
PredictorAndy Drukarev, recruiting reporterDaniel Novinson, editorMatt Squeri, recruiting guru
Final record, Pac-10 finish 8-4 (6-3), 3nd8-4 (5-4), 4th8-4 (6-3), 3rd
Game-by-gameSac St.: W
at UCLA: W
Wake: W
at ND: L
at ORE: L
USC: L
WSU: W
at WASH: W
ZONA: W
at ASU: W
at CAL: L
OSU: W
Sac St.: W
at UCLA: W
Wake: W
at ND: W
at ORE: L
USC: L
WSU: W
at WASH: L
ZONA: W
at ASU: W
at CAL: W
OSU: L
Sac St.: W
at UCLA: W
Wake: W
at ND: L
at ORE: L
USC: W
WSU: W
at WASH: L
ZONA: W
at ASU: W
at CAL: W
OSU: L
Pac-10 order of finish 1. Oregon
2. USC
3. Stanford
4. Oregon State
5. Cal
6. Washington
7. UCLA
8. Arizona
9. Arizona State
10. WSU
1. Oregon State
2. USC
3. Oregon
4. Stanford
5. Washington
6. Cal
7. UCLA
8. Arizona
9. Arizona State
10. WSU
1. Oregon State
2. Oregon
3. Stanford
4. USC
5. Washington
6. Cal
7. UCLA
8. Arizona
9. Arizona State
10. WSU
Offensive MVPAndrew LuckDavid DeCastroLuck
Defensive MVP Shayne SkovSkovSkov
Newcomer of the YearAnthony WilkersonDevon CarringtonLevine Toilolo, Keanu Nelson

PredictorScott Cooley, feature writerJim Rutter,
co-founder
W. Makowsky, beat reporterLars Ahlstrom, co-founder
Final record, Pac-10 finish9-3 (6-3), 1st9-3 (6-3), 2nd9-3 (6-3), 4th9-3 (7-2), 2nd
Game-by-game Sac St.: W
at UCLA: W
Wake: W
at ND: W
at ORE: L
USC: W
WSU: W
at WASH: L
ZONA: W
at ASU: W
at CAL: W
OSU: L
Sac St.: W
at UCLA: W
Wake: W
at ND: W
at ORE: L
USC: W
WSU: W
at WASH: L
ZONA: W
at ASU: W
at CAL: W
OSU: L
Sac St.: W
at UCLA: W
Wake: W
at ND: W
at ORE: L
USC: L
WSU: W
at WASH: W
ZONA: W
at ASU: W
at CAL: W
OSU: L
Sac St.: W
at UCLA: L
Wake: W
at ND: L
at ORE: L
USC: W
WSU: W
at WASH: W
ZONA: W
at ASU: W
at CAL: W
OSU: W
Pac-10 order of finish1. Stanford
2. Arizona
3. OSU
4. Washington
5. Oregon
6. USC
7. UCLA
8. Cal
9. ASU
10. WSU
1. Oregon
2. Stanford
3. OSU
4. USC
5. Cal
6. ASU
7. Washington
8. Arizona
9. UCLA
10. WSU
1. Oregon
2. USC
3. Arizona
4. Stanford
5. OSU
6. Cal
7. Washington
8. UCLA
9. ASU
10. WSU
1. Oregon
2. Stanford
3. UCLA
4. USC
5. Washington
6. OSU
7. Arizona
8. Cal
9. ASU
10. WSU
Offensive MVPLuckLuckLuckLuck
Defensive MVPDelano HowellSkov, Thomas KeiserSkovSkov
Newcomer of the YearUsua AmanamAmanam, Blake Lueders, Stepfan Taylor Carringon, AmanamLueders
Finally, we close with some fearless prediction(s). We have been uncannily good here: most notably, in this spot in 2007, we said Stanford would "come out of nowhere to win one they really should not… in dramatic, fourth-and-game, 25-yard touchdown Sportscenter-highlight fashion. Memories of that game linger for months and give the fans reason to keep on believing after an otherwise unremarkable season." This was off a 2-9 season, but three months later came Stanford 24, USC 23.

So a lot of these will be strikeouts, but there will be a home run or two in the bunch. Remember, you heard it here at TheBootleg.com first.

Andy: Skov will be First Team All Pac-10. Owen Marecic won't see more than 50 snaps on D the entire season. Anthony Wilkerson will lead the team in rushing.

Daniel: 1. Offensive linemen seemingly always get injured. How good our backups are will go a long way in determining whether Stanford wins six or ten. Similarly, the swing factor on D is Richard Sherman. Athletically, he should be the best cornerback on the field. Performance-wise, he has been anything but. Whether Stanford's secondary, and thus, entire defense, gets better is on his shoulders as much as anyone's.
2. A lot of attention will be paid, rightfully, to the Notre Dame/Oregon/USC gauntlet, but by virtue of its late date, Stanford-Oregon State might end up being the Pac-10's Game of the Year. It's unfortunate for Stanford that Oregon State seems to improve annually by the week, but from a drama perspective, by scheduling the game for the last week, I think there are better odds than not that the game has Rose Bowl implications, much like last year's Civil War did (and also proved to be the league's Game of the Year).

Matt: The Civil War will determine the Pac-10 champion and Oregon State, after getting stronger through the adversity of their non-conference schedule, will prevail at home.
Shayne Skov will rank at least as high as Andrew Luck on the post-season all-conference team.
Boise State will play in the national championship game and, in retrospect, the September 25 Boise State-Oregon State game will be seen as the game of the year in college football.

Scott: Stanford will lead nation in scoring/total offense. Luck will lead nation in passing efficiency.

Jim: We smoke Wake by 14-plus! Plus a bowl win, so 10-3 baby!

Wyndam: Luck undresses Locker in Seattle and ends the "best QB in the country" debate.

Lars: Taylor and Gaffney score a combined 18 TDs. We beat Texas in the Holiday Bowl. Cal finishes below .500 in conference play.


Are you fully subscribed to The Bootleg? If not, then you are missing out on all the top Cardinal coverage we provide daily on our award-winning website. Sign up today for the biggest and best in Stanford sports coverage with TheBootleg.com (sign-up)!

TheBootleg.com Recommended Stories


  • Stanford Head Coach David Shaw says it is time to fix the struggling offense

  • Everyone knows the questions surrounding Stanford’s offense, but what are the solutions? Troy submits some ideas to the Cardinal’s suggestion box.

  • SAN FRANCISCO -- Some quick hit comments from Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott on the state of the Pac-12 and some new initiatives that are coming this men's basketball season, including an update on…

  • The Thursday night showdown between the Broncos and Chargers at Mile High Stadium (sponsorship withstanding) could see passing yardage a half mile long. Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers are at the top…

  • Every week, Fantasy Football Expert Rob Warner recommends a handful of players who should ride the pine. It may be because of a bad matchup, lost playing time, a nagging injury or an overwhelming…

Up Next


It is never too early to start talking football. Collegefootballzealots.blogspot.com does a nice job…

Tweets