The Stanford Cardinal offense is an interesting case. On the one hand, they look dominant and controlling in the box score. No team has slowed them down, and they have made few mistakes. On the other hand, the game tape reveals a basic offense centered around a modified West Coast passing attack. This is not the ground and pound rushing attack that Notre Dame saw a year ago. Instead, Stanford runs out an incredible variety of formations that are designed to confuse defenses and give QB Andrew Luck the easiest reads possible.
This is not a run-first team. Stanford uses the pass to set up the run. Then, when the game is under control, they pound the ball at opposing defenses. In their first game, against Sacramento State, Luck was 14/18 passing in the first half and then 3/5 in the second half (the backup QB was 0/1). In their second game, against UCLA, Luck was 9/18 in the first half and then 2/6 in the second half. In their third game, against Wake Forest, Luck was 15/19 in the first half and then 2/4 in the second half (backup QBs were 3/5). So, while the final run/pass ratios suggest that Stanford is a run-first team, a deeper look at the stats show that dominant first halves this season have allowed them to control the clock with the run in the second halves.
Andrew Luck is not a great thrower. Overall, he is a very good QB but not great at throwing the football. The guy never makes mistakes. His throws, while sometimes bad, are always in a place that only his WR can catch them. He rarely throws into tight coverage. Luck is quick. He isn't afraid to tuck and run if the pass isn't there. He has a few 10+ yard scrambles this season. Stanford will run the option with him, but not often. It appears that he has some leeway at the line to make audibles or at least adjustments; they have been effective. Although his completion percentage and efficiency rating are phenomenal, it is not due to his ability to make great throws. It is a combination of rarely being under pressure from defenses, being given simple reads (floods, rollouts, short crosses, etc.) and making smart decisions. That being said, Luck is a guy that will beat you if you give him the chance.