There have already been two major upsets that have impacted the BCS top-1o this weekend and no one benefited more from both of those losses than Stanford.
As of a couple days ago, BCS at-large bids were a hot commodity and it appeared that the Cardinal might be on the outside looking in come January. But with Boise State losing an overtime shocker to Nevada and LSU’s luck running out against Arkansas, Stanford will be next in line to receive a BCS at-large bid, helped in part by their win over Oregon State Saturday night..
Which is completely justified that when you consider Stanford could be a top-5 team come tomorrow whose only loss came to the No. 1 team in the country.
With LSU’s loss, it’s very likely that Arkansas will occupy the Sugar Bowl’s at-large spot as the bowl continues its ties with the SEC. Since the Sugar Bowl chooses next in line after the Rose Bowl (who will choose Wisconsin and TCU, barring any upsets), they will likely also choose Ohio State because of their traveling fan base and national brand name.
That leaves the Orange Bowl and the Fiesta Bowl with the two remaining at-large bids. The Orange Bowl will choose first and, depending on who wins the Big East, will probably go with Stanford.
As of yesterday, it looked as though Jim Harbaugh‘s team might be on the short end of the biggest screw job of them all from the BCS, but the Cardinal got the pair of upsets they needed to keep those hopes alive. Now, they just need to make sure they don’t become college football’s third major upset this weekend.