Stanford was 9-5 last season but things could have been much, much better for David Shaw’s team. Four of those five losses were by three points or fewer: 20-17 at San Diego State; 24-21 at Washington State, 31-28 vs. USC in the Pac-12 championship game, and 39-37 to TCU in the Alamo Bowl.

To improve on that record and again win the Pac-12 North, the Cardinal basically needs to do three things:

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