Inside the Pac-12

November 11, 2010 7:58 PM

Stanford #6 In The BCS


After beating the Arizona Wildcats 42-17 Stanford moved up the polls from #13 in the BCS to #6. If the Oregon Ducks remain unbeaten then Stanford will have an outside shot at becoming the 2nd team from the Pac-10 to make a BCS game this season. Oregon, Auburn TCU, Boise State and LSU are ranked ahead of the Cardinal and Stanford will need to finish in the top four of the final BCS rankings to guarantee themselves a spot in a BCS game. Stanford has ASU, California and Oregon State remaining on their schedule. Those are games that the Cardinal can win if they play up to their abilities. Against Arizona, QB Andrew Luck was 23/32 for 293 yards and 2 TD's. The Cardinal continue to run the ball effectively. Stanford ran for 217 yards against Arizona. RB Stepfan Taylor carried the ball 19 times for 82 yards and finished the game with 4 TD's.

If Oregon finishes the season unbeaten and Stanford ends the season with one loss it will be the first time since the 1969 season that the Pac-10 had its first place team go unbeaten and its second place team finish with only one loss. In 1969 USC went 10-0-1 and UCLA was 8-1-1. In 1969 USC loss the Rose Bowl 27-16 to Ohio State and UCLA did not qualify for a Bowl that season. 2002 was the last time the Pac-10 sent two teams to BCS games. It is possible that Oregon and Stanford will accomplish that feat this season.

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