This is a leap of faith.  Yes, running  back Christian McCaffrey is returning with enough talent to win the Heisman Trophy, Yes, there are stars and talent in lots of other parts of the roster, which is one of the reasons why the Cardinal have been Pac-12 contenders for three of the past four seasons.

It is also the reason why a roster with only 9 starters returning  has not been labeled a rebuilding project.  Still, when  you have to rebuild  your offensive line and replace your QB, you have to wonder if even the talents of McCaffrey are enough.

And then there is the schedule. Kansas State, USC,  at UCLA, at Washington. Catch your breath with a home game against Washington State and hit the road for game at Notre Dame.  Ouch.  The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.