The Pac-12 remains on the outside looking in with the latest BCS standings, but there is good news.
LSU and Alabama are firmly atop the BCS standings. Oklahoma State is No. 3, and the Cowboys face a big matchup with Oklahoma on Saturday.
The good news? At No. 4, Stanford is positioned for a guaranteed at-large BCS bowl berth, per BCS selection procedure.
Stanford, its regular season over, is ranked third in the Harris poll and fourth in the coaches poll. It's fourth with the computers.
Virginia Tech, which plays for the ACC title against Clemson on Saturday, is fifth in the BCS standings and 10th with the computers. The Hokies are a long shot to eclipse the Cardinal, even with a win over the Tigers.
Oregon is ninth, the second-rated two-loss team behind No. 8 Arkansas. The Ducks are seventh in both the Harris and coaches poll. They are 10th with the computers. They don't figure to gain much next week after playing UCLA for the Pac-12 championship on Friday.
The takeaway here: It's extremely likely that the Pac-12 will get two BCS bowl berths for a second consecutive year.
Oh, and from the same two teams that did it last year.