Oregon survived Strawberry Canyon thanks to a false start by Cal's kicker, Auburn battled back to defeat Georgia, TCU staved off an upset bid by San Diego State, and the BCS Top 10 was unchanged.
Stanford remains in sixth, behind one-loss LSU and ahead of one-loss Wisconsin. The Cardinal, which gained a little ground, probably won't catch LSU unless the Tigers lose one of their remaining games against Ole Miss or Arkansas. While it's by no means the only way it could wind up in Pasadena or some other BCS bowl, I think Stanford's best chance of finishing in the top 4 and thereby guaranteeing itself a BCS berth is to win out and have Boise State lose at Nevada on Nov. 26.
ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach projects Stanford in the Rose Bowl against Wisconsin. Colleague Andrea Adelson, who has projected Stanford in the Rose Bowl for the past few weeks, thinks the Cardinal will meet Michigan State in Pasadena.
Burnt Orange Nation doesn't like Stanford's chances to receive an at-large BCS bid.
Stanford could easily be 11-1, but it's hard to see them landing anywhere in the BCS. The Cardinal are not a big enough team to draw high tv ratings or sell loads of tickets.
Here are a few other Big Game links to whet your appetite for the week ahead:
- Jake Curtis says the Big Game will have minimal effect on the Cardinal's Rose Bowl chances.
- Stanford Daily columnist Daniel Bohm says it's the biggest Big Game for Stanford in a long, long time.
- If you're in the area, the Daily Axe's calendar of Big Game events will come in handy. The minute In-n-Out offers free double-doubles is the minute I'm booking my flight to SFO.