In the coaches' poll, one of the human polls that counts in the BCS standings, Stanford is sitting pretty at No. 3, considering No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama play on Nov. 5.
That means the Cardinal's formula for playing for the national title is simple: Win and (mostly likely) it's in.
And, by the way, don't get distracted by that "LSU-Alabama rematch" speculation. Won't happen. It's just silly talk.
The second BCS standings come out this evening, so make sure to check back here for the latest around 8:30 ET (5:30 PDT).
Stanford is fourth in the AP poll behind No. 3 Oklahoma State. Oregon is No. 7 in both polls. The Ducks certainly will have something to say about Stanford, the national title and who wins the Pac-12 North Division. The Cardinal-Ducks matchup has a chance to be a primetime follow up to LSU-Alabama on Nov. 5. That is if both teams take care of business in advance.
USC jumped into the AP poll at No. 20 after it stomped on Notre Dame. The Trojans, who play host to Stanford on Saturday with ESPN's College GameDay on hand, aren't eligible for the coaches' poll due to NCAA sanctions.
Arizona State is 20th in the coaches' poll and 23rd with the AP. The Sun Devils are the overwhelming favorites to play the North Division winner on Dec.2.
Washington fell out of both polls. It's 29th among the other teams getting votes in the AP poll and 31st with the coaches.