During the week following Stanford's opening day win over San Jose State, observers close to the program and college football analysts across the country were in near unanimous agreement on the state of the program.
Several things were clear. The void left at the quarterback position was too great to fill, and it was affecting the overall performance of the offense. Of equal concern was the conservative nature of the playcalling, and there were some who even wondered if perhaps Coach David Shaw was in over his head a bit.
There were physical issues, as well. Though acknowledged to be a work in progress, the offensive line did little to instill any faith in the future with their performance in week one. If they couldn't establish themselves against San Jose State, how could they hope to protect a quarterback or lead a rushing attack against USC or Oregon or Notre Dame?
And what about the defense, with its supposedly dominant front seven and improved secondary? As the Spartans were marching up and down the field during that forgettable third quarter, it wasn't hard to imagine Pac-12 offensive coordinators salivating.
And then everything changed.