Stanford Cardinal Show Yet Again Why They Are Pac-12's Best

By Nick Schaeflein

The Stanford Cardinal dominated from start to finish to win the Pac-12 Championship over the Arizona State Sun Devils. It was Stanford’s second win over Arizona State this year, and both ended with the same result: convincing wins for the Cardinal.

Tyler Gaffney led the way with 133 yards on the ground and three touchdowns to potentially make a case for a trip to New York and the Heisman Trophy ceremony. With the Heisman race really wide open for someone to become the runner-up to Jameis Winston, Gaffney has over 1500 rushing yards this year with 20 trips to the end zone.

With his performance during a prime-time game, might Gaffney receive a Heisman invite? Gaffney fits the Stanford mold just like Toby Gerhart, who finished second in Heisman voting in 2009.

For Stanford, it is their second straight Pac-12 Championship, and it will impressively result in their forth-straight BCS bowl game. While other teams in the conference get the majority of the publicity and headlines, it is Stanford who has been the model of consistency and dominance over the last handful of years.

The Cardinal are still looking to reach that ultimate goal of a National Championship, but this is becoming a team and program that expects to be in BCS/Playoff talks on a consistent basis.

They are not a flashy team with dozens of uniform combinations, but they are a team that gets the job done on the field. In this year’s Pac-12 championship game, they proved that once again on the road. The Cardinal are now on the road back to Pasadena and the Rose Bowl.

Nick Schaeflein is a sports writer for Follow him on Twitter @ptchr2424 or add him to your network on Google.

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