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Stanford = best one-loss team in America

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You don’t have to be Albert Einstein to realize that the Stanford Cardinal are good. Really good. In fact, all you need to do is watch them play.

Stanford’s 48-14 victory over Cal in the Big Game today was a show-stopper. In every aspect, the Cardinal dominated the Golden Bears, who have played their best football this season at Memorial Stadium. Remember, this is the very Cal team in the very same stadium who held Oregon to a season-low 15 points just one week ago.

Stanford matched that in a quarter and a half.

For Jeff Tedford‘s defense, trying to contain Andrew Luck was like trying to figure out the space-time continuum. With all the publicity around Cam Newton, LaMichael James and even Kellen Moore, somehow Luck’s brilliant performances have fallen on blind eyes this season. He may not win it, but at this point there is no reason Luck should not be in New York for the Heisman ceremony.

Of course, there are the four undefeated teams vying for the BCS National Championship, but Stanford is still in the Pac-10 and national title hunt. If Oregon somehow drops their final two games, Stanford’s case may be as good as anyone’s to book a trip to Glendale.

At least as good as LSU’s and Wisconsin’s.

It doesn’t take a genius to figure that out, either.

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15 Responses to “Stanford = best one-loss team in America”
  1. frank booth says: Nov 20, 2010 9:14 PM

    Kind of sad that Stanford plays the schedule that it does, loses to #1 Oregon, and yet still has to sit behind teams like TCU and Boise State who go undefeated by beating up on weak teams.

  2. buckeye044 says: Nov 20, 2010 9:20 PM

    Wisky is the best 1 loss team in the nation.

    but I agree with frank booth. Both teams play schedules much tougher than Boise or TCU

  3. WingT says: Nov 20, 2010 9:20 PM

    I agree with you Jhn that Stanford is the best 1 loss team. I would love to see them play LSU or Wisconsin in a bowl game. Any chance that could happen?

    Or have them play Boise State. Stanford is the most physical team in the country. I would love to see them pound Boise.

  4. Deb says: Nov 20, 2010 10:05 PM

    We’re unanimous so far that Stanford is a better team than Boise or TCU. (BTW, WingT, JT didn’t write this. Say hi to Ben.)

    Think I’ve discovered the secret to edge’s affection for Boise. Although he’s a Bama fan through and through, my nine-year-old nephew loves Boise’s blue field. Maybe edge likes blue 😉

    (That was a joke, edge.)

  5. frug says: Nov 20, 2010 10:24 PM


    If TCU or BSU pass Auburn and move into the top 2 then the Rose Bowl would not be obligated to take a non-AQ and would almost certainly pick Stanford to take on the Big Ten champ. If Oregon-Auburn does end up being the title game, then it becomes less likely. The Sugar Bowl has the next two picks and is virtually ceratain to take LSU and then take whichever team (Wisconsin or OSU) doesn’t make the Rose Bowl or (politics gets involved) one of the non-AQs. The Orange Bowl won’t take Stanford because of the travel issue and the Fiesta Bowl will be stuck with the Big XII champ and whatever Big East team ends up with 8 or 9 wins.

  6. Slim Charles says: Nov 20, 2010 11:31 PM

    Wisconsin’s offense would get shut down entirely by a defense that can stop stop the run. Tolzien is like Stocco in that he’s mediocre to terrible without a really good running game. Stanford could hang with anyone in the country because of their QB. Boise State is much the same, so I’d be happy with a BSU-Stanford bowl if the desired outcome of the SEC getting shut down of the title game to annoy their fans doesn’t come to fruition.

  7. rlr79 says: Nov 20, 2010 11:37 PM

    But don’t you know according to Les Miles only a SEC one loss team can be the best one loss team LMAO! Yep its Stanford and Wisconsin easy, man I hope Auburn loses then have ORE. vs. Boise State for the NC, then Stanford vs. Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl that way Boise State gets the NC oppertunity and the Rose bowl doesn’t have to give up it’s Pac-10 spot to a non-aq. Best of all the Rose Bowl will seem like a second NC it would make the best Rose Bowl in year in my opinion.

  8. nps6724 says: Nov 20, 2010 11:42 PM

    They’re only the best 1-loss team if you assume Cam Newton is ineligible and thus consider LSU undefeated :)

  9. jlswisc says: Nov 21, 2010 1:38 AM

    There is nothing, 0, zip, to say that Standford is better than UW.

    There really isnt much to say the converse either. They should meet in the rose bowl in a battle of red and white. Standford will be the home squad but oh well.

    Interesting to note both struggled agaisnt ASU.

    I find it comical than anyone can say that standford would shut down UW’s rushing attack as a fact. The offensive line has what? 160 starts?

    Stanford only has 1 win vs a ranked team (at time of the game) v. Arizona.

    UW beat the number 1 team in the country. Thats a quality win. With another win vs a ranked iowa team on the road.

    As i said, predicting one to be better than the other is really not possible, but I see nothing to indicate S would get the edge.

  10. jlswisc says: Nov 21, 2010 1:39 AM


  11. Slim Charles says: Nov 21, 2010 8:41 AM

    Read what I wrote. If a team can stop the run, they shut down Wisky’s entire offense because Tolzien cannot win a game on his arm, he’s not good.

    Sure, I think Stanford could beat Wisconsin. They should be favored – their QB puts them over the hump.

  12. blitz4848 says: Nov 21, 2010 10:14 AM

    Stanford looks strong and is fun to watch but if you base it on the criteria used for the BCS LSU is well ahead of either Stanford or Wisconsin. LSU plays AT
    Arkansas this week and that will be their 6th matchup against a ranked team at time of game. LSU has played one hell of a schedule and ranks WELL ahead of Stanford in SOS.

    Before you take your shots I am saying this objectively as I would rather watch Stanford play than
    LSU but LSU has earned the right to be #1 of the one loss teams on all the measuring criteria used.

  13. jlswisc says: Nov 21, 2010 5:23 PM

    Its a fair point to say LSU can be the top 1 loss team.

    They have only lost to auburn and have some real quality wins.

    But there performance agaisnt a BAD ole miss team this week makes them look very very shaky.

    Its a week to week thing right now. Eek out a win in the last minute vs. blow out a team, should matter right now only because we dont have any other system.

  14. jlswisc says: Nov 21, 2010 5:26 PM

    I would also like to add that because of the current system, if you are not the top team in your conference, you should not be allowed to play in the national championship.

    There is something totally wrong with not winning your conference but yet being able to play in the championship game (unless you play another team from your conference).

    For example if LSU wins next week, and Auburn loses to SC, then LSU should not even be considered for the champ game.

    Goal 1: win your conference
    Goal 2: win the champ

    The winner of a conference IS the best team from that conference at that time. Take care of your business, win your conference, and get rewarded.

    Each conference sets up there won system of deciding their champion, if a team is not that champion, we should not let them play for a title….

    Unless we get a playoff system

  15. nps6724 says: Nov 21, 2010 7:27 PM

    While I agree you should have to win your conference to reach the title game, Nebraska in ’01 and Oklahoma in ’03 set the precedent. To deny anyone without a rule change would be disingenuous.

    But really, just because you’re #2 in your conference doesn’t mean you’re not better than teams that are #1 in other conferences. And LSU just happened to be in the same conference division as the #2 team in the country, who is their only loss.

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