Pac-12: Stanford No. 2 in SI football rankings
Published: August 14, 2013 11:10AM
Updated: August 14, 2013 10:46AM

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Only three Pac-12 teams make Sports Illustrated's preseason Top 25, but the more surprising development is Stanford's No. 2 ranking. The Cardinal join Oregon (No. 5) and UCLA (No. 21) on the list.

Stanford linebacker Shayne Skov is featured on one of SI's six regional covers as part of a “Revenge of the Nerd” package about strong academic schools such as Stanford, Vanderbilt and Northwestern that have made a resurgence in football.

Stanford, which visits Utah on Oct. 12, is ranked behind No. 1 Alabama and ahead of No. 3 Texas A&M and No. 4 Ohio State. The list includes a disclaimer that if Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is declared ineligible, the Aggies will drop to No. 15.

The AP Top 25 preseason poll will be released Saturday.

Stanford, which visits Utah on Oct. 12, is ranked behind No. 1 Alabama and ahead of No. 3 Texas A&M and No. 4 Ohio State. The list includes a disclaimer that if Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is declared ineligible, the Aggies will drop to No. 15.

The AP Top 25 preseason poll will be released Saturday.