Stanford is currently ranked 14th in the BCS standings with a 6-2 record this season. The Cardinal's only losses came against Pac-12 rival Washington and an undefeated Notre Dame team in overtime.
With two higher-ranked conference opponents to play before the season's through, the Cardinal could make a serious push at a BCS Bowl game.
That's only possible if they don't make the same mistake I'm making now. The game they have to worry about right now is at Colorado this Saturday.
The battle in Boulder has all the makings to be a trap game, and if the Cardinal don't have their heads right, they could slip up before they even get a shot at Oregon and Oregon State the following weeks.
Let's take a look at some of the keys to the game for Stanford.