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From "Seven Things Stanford Fans Can Be Thankful For"
"3. The Big-12 is crazy
Stanford fans can be thankful that the Big-12 (or ten) is truly the wild west -- upsets and chaos tend to happen when there's no clear leader of the pack, or when no good team plays another good team until the last two weeks. All of this guaranteed late carnage will only help Stanford's playoff hopes, leaving Big-12 losses fresh in the minds of voters. All Stanford can now do is pray that TCU beats Baylor and Oklahoma State beats Oklahoma, and then they have a good chance (if they win out). It doesn't hurt to give thanks for how much the committee likes Stanford, too.
4. Christian McCaffrey Plays Football
Sometimes, we take the things we value most for granted, like Christian McCaffrey. Give thanks that McCaffrey didn't end up running track or some boring stuff like that (sorry track fans). You can't get a Heisman for handing off a baton! Where would we be without him? We wouldn't get to see his brilliance -- or Stanford even sniffing contention for anything but the Alamo Bowl. We wouldn't get to see his touchdown passes or him probably breaking Barry Sanders' record or David Shaw smiling (okay, maybe that's pushing it). Sit back, admire, and be grateful that you probably have two more years of this"