Stanford Prepares for Life After Luck

Stanford Prepares for Life After Luck

One last wild Fiesta for Stanford, then it all gets blurry and stressful.

Will Stanford ever be the same again -- or close to the same -- once Monday's Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma State is over and Andrew Luck leaves for the NFL?

That's an impossible question to answer right now, and yet Stanford coach David Shaw knows he has to answer it and deal with it, eventually.

"Good teams always handle that," Shaw said recently after one of Luck's final practices on the Stanford campus.

"Everybody wondered how good we'd be after we lost Toby Gerhart (before the 2010 season). Everybody wondered how it'd be with three new starters this year on the offensive line. And everybody's going to wonder how good we're going to be without Andrew next year. And that's good."

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