Stanford Expanding Gridiron Footprint

Patrick Tehan/San Jose Mercury-News

Who has the spotlight now?

For several hours Tuesday, a sporting nation's eyes will be on Stanford when the Pac-12 champion Cardinal plays Wisconsin in Rose Bowl.

There are few brighter spots -- or moments -- than this one for any football team, in any year.

But this is not a limited engagement on the grand stage for Stanford football, not by any measurement.

In big and lasting ways, the Cardinal program has stretched out, grabbed at glory and expanded its influence across the sport.

The 2013 Rose Bowl is not a one-off for Stanford -- it's a glittery capstone for a program making its mark everywhere you look.

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