Stanford has won 11 games for the first time in school history...the Cardinal had won 10 games in three previous seasons (1926, 1940 and 1992)...also won a school-record eight conference games...only two Stanford teams (1940 and 1999) had won as many as seven conference tilts.
Are ranked fifth in this week's AP and USA Today Coaches' Top 25 polls...marks Stanford's highest ranking in the AP poll since the 1970 season, when the Rose Bowl-bound Indians were ranked third heading into a Sept. 26 clash at Oregon...the Cardinal moved up two slots to fourth in the all-important Bowl Championship Series standings.
Speaking of the Bowl Championship Series standings, the top four teams are assured of playing in one of the five BCS Bowls (Rose, Fiesta, Orange, Sugar or National Championship Game)...the final BCS standings will be announced on Sunday at 5:15 p.m. PT on ESPN.
Stanford will enter the bowl game riding a seven game winning streak, which marks the program's longest string of success since the Cardinal won its last seven regular season games in 1991 before eventually falling to Georgia Tech in the Aloha Bowl.
Did you know Stanford has won eight of its 11 games this season in wire-to-wire fashion and have trailed for a combined 49:18 in four other games against Notre Dame (4:34), Oregon (26:29), USC (3:46) and Arizona State (14:29)?
Stanford finished the season with a 6-0 record at home, marking its first undefeated home season since 1977, when the Cardinal also won all six of its home games...it's the ninth undefeated season in Stanford Stadium dating back to the 1924 season (1924, 1926, 1930, 1933, 1934, 1940, 1969, 1977 and 2010)...Stanford is 17-2 in its last 19 home games dating back to the final home contest of the 2007 season.
Stanford is 28-21 (.571) in four years under the guidance of head coach Jim Harbaugh, including a 19-6 ledger in the last 25 games...the Cardinal is also 21-15 against Pac-10 competition under Harbaugh's tutelage.
Stanford has scored a school-record 484 points in 12 games this season, breaking the previous single-season scoring record of 461, established by last year's team...the Cardinal rank second in the Pac-10 and eighth nationally in scoring average (40.33).
The Cardinal defense has held the opponent scoreless in nine quarters in the last three games against Arizona State (2), Cal (3) and Oregon State (4)...Stanford allowed just 44 points in its last five regular season games, which are the fewest amount of points scored against a Cardinal defense in a five game stretch since 1971, when Stanford limited Missouri (0), Army (3), Oregon (17), Duke (9) and Washington (6) to just 35 points to start the season.
Stanford is outscoring its opponents 288-78 in the first half and hold a 145-34 scoring advantage in the first quarter alone.
The Cardinal has turned the ball over just four times in the last six games and are +12 in the turnover column during that stretch...Stanford has forced 29 turnovers in 12 games this season, quite an improvement from last season, when the Cardinal forced just 17 turnovers in 13 games.
After throwing for 305 yards against Oregon State, Andrew Luck ran his season total to 3,051 yards, becoming just the fourth quarterback in school history to throw for over 3,000 yards in a single season...he joins Steve Stenstrom (3,627; 1993), John Elway (3,242; 1982) and Todd Husak (3,092; 1998) as a member of Stanford's elite 3,000-yard club.
Luck has also established a new single-season record for total offense with 3,489 yards, eclipsing Stenstrom's old mark of 3,398 set in 1993. He is also on pace to set single-season records for completion percentage and passing efficiency rating, depending on his performance in Stanford's upcoming bowl game.
Who was on the receiving end of Luck's record-setting 28th touchdown pass of the season against Oregon State? Doug Baldwin? Chris Owusu? Ryan Whalen? Try Tyler Gaffney, who caught a swing pass from Luck and raced 52 yards for Stanford's final touchdown in a 38-0 victory over the Beavers.
Is there a hotter quarterback in the nation coming down the stretch than Luck? Over the final six games of the regular season, he completed 152-of-201 (.756) passes for 1,792 yards and 15 touchdowns in wins over USC, Washington State, Washington, Arizona, Arizona State, Cal and Oregon State.
Stanford has rushed for 2,532 yards in 12 games this season (211.0), which is the second highest total in school history behind last year's record tally of 2,837 yards...the figures speak to the depth of Stanford's rushing attack in year one of the post-Toby Gerhart Era...the team's top five rushers are averaging between 18.8 and 85.2 yards per game.
With 1,023 yards on the season, running back Stepfan Taylor is the first Stanford sophomore to rush for 1,000 yards since Darrin Nelson accomplished the feat in 1978 (1,061)...Taylor is just the sixth back in school history to crack the 1,000-yard mark, joining Nelson (1977, '78, '81), Brad Muster (1986), Jon Volpe (1988), Tommy Vardell (1991) and Toby Gerhart (2008, '09).
Stanford players and coaches will be busy traveling the country next week to attend various awards banquets...associate head coach Greg Roman will be in Little Rock, Arkansas on Monday as a candidate for Broyles Award, which honors the nation's top assistant coach...Owen Marecic will be in New York City on Monday for the announcement of the William V. Campbell Award, which honors college football's top scholar-athlete...Marecic will also be in Newport Beach, Calif. on Dec. 14 to accept a special presentation from the Lott IMPACT Trophy...Andrew Luck will be in Orlando, Fla. next Thursday for ESPN College Football Awards Show as finalist for the Davey O'Brien and Maxwell Awards.
Center Chase Beeler and fullback/linebacker Owen Marecic were named All-Americans by the American Football Coaches Association...Marecic deservedly earned a spot on the squad as a all-purpose player.
It deserves another mention both Beeler and Marecic were named ESPN Academic All-Americans last week... Beeler, a three-year starter on Stanford's offense line who carries a 3.68 cumulative grade point average as a history major, earned a spot on the first team. Marecic, who carries a 3.47 GPA as a human biology major, earned second team honors as a linebacker.
How tough is it to be a two-way player in college football? Considering Owen Marecic is on the field for approximately 110 plays as a game as a fullback and linebacker, Stanford's two-way standout has already played the equivalent of two seasons for most players.