It was a very successful 2012 season for the Stanford Cardinal with a Pac-12 championship and a victory in the Rose Bowl. The Cardinal will head into the 2013 season with a solid starting quarterback in Kevin Hogan and a very real chance to go undefeated. Hogan is the key to that happening, though, for Stanford. Hogan took over at quarterback with five games left in the regular season and led the Cardinal to four victories in close games including an upset at Oregon. Hogan should be even better in 2013, and that bodes well for Stanford.
Hogan’s poise as a freshman last season really impressed me because how many freshmen not named Johnny Manziel can come in and play the way Hogan did at the end of the season? There aren’t very many that I can think of. I figured out quickly that Hogan is more of a game manager than a quarterback who will go out and throw for over 300 yards. Hogan had only one game where he threw for over 250 yards, and that’s perfectly fine as long as you are winning games.
The Cardinal has two very difficult road games on the schedule this season, and if they are going to slip up, it will be in one of those games. I don’t see that occurring though. I have a ton of confidence in this Stanford team, and I think that we will be seeing them near the top of the polls if not playing for a national title this season. It will all come down to the progress of Hogan though, and if he gets even better, the Cardinal will be tough to beat.