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Can Stanford's Success Continue Post-Luck?

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At about 8 a.m. last Saturday, a wide, grassy clearing on Stanford University's campus called the Oval, which is normally reserved for reading and relaxation, was filled with hundreds of cheering collegians. They had gathered for ESPN's College GameDay, and would serve as the program's backdrop while waiting for the no. 4 Cardinal to play no. 7 Oregon later that evening. Students had been there since 6 a.m., holding signs with messages like, "The Oregon Fail: You Have Died of Dysentery Andrew Luck." Just a few years ago, it was hard to give away Stanford game tickets. Then Andrew Luck happened.

The challenge of making football matter at Stanford, and the rarity of that morning's scene, is multifaceted. Over the years, the school has ...

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