No. 7 Stanford motivated to earn national respect



STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Any chance Stanford coach David Shaw might’ve had of facing a letdown faded when the latest rankings came out.

Despite four blowout victories and Andrew Luck piling up highlights for his Heisman Trophy campaign, the Cardinal are back where they started the season, at No. 7 in the AP poll. So there’s no reason to relax.

With Pac-12 newcomer Colorado (1-4, 0-1) coming to The Farm on Saturday, style points might matter just as much as winning during this stretch of relatively weak opponents. Stanford (4-0, 2-0) has outscored San Jose State, Duke, Arizona and UCLA by a combined 183-46 and yet has failed to gain ground in the rankings through five weeks.

Don’t think players haven’t noticed.