Pac-12 BCS standings reaction

November, 6, 2011
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Stanford didn't move up in the BCS standings Sunday.

The Cardinal are rated fourth, behind LSU, Oklahoma State and Alabama, which just lost to LSU.

It's not time, however, for Stanford fans to panic.

The Cardinal are .0087 behind Alabama due to its computer ranking, which is seventh, compared to third for Alabama. If Stanford beats Oregon on Saturday, that almost certainly would push it past Alabama. The Ducks are seventh in the BCS standings, the No. 3 one-loss team behind Oklahoma.

"A win over Oregon will be enough to take care of that," ESPN BCS guru Brad Edwards said.

Stanford is second in the coaches' poll and third in the Harris Poll behind No. 2 Oklahoma State, which is third with the coaches. Alabama is fourth in both polls.

LSU and Oklahoma State are tied for No. 1 in the computer polls.

No other Pac-12 teams are in the standings. Arizona State lost at UCLA and USC isn't eligible for the BCS standings due to NCAA sanctions.

Last week, Stanford was sixth with the computers with a high of four and low of eight. This week, it was seventh with a high of three and a low of 10.

Stanford probably doesn't need to worry about Alabama if it wins out. At 13-0 after the Pac-12 championship game, it will be ahead of 11-1 Alabama.

It does need Oklahoma State to slip. The computers love the Cowboys, whose biggest challenge will be at home against Oklahoma on Dec. 3.

Ted Miller | email

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