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Current BCS Ranking: No. 14
Week 11 Opponent: No. 11 Oregon State Beavers
The No. 14 Stanford Cardinal have won four of their last five games and may have found a new starting quarterback after freshman Kevin Hogan completed 18-of-23 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns against the Colorado Buffaloes last Saturday.
Hogan led the Cardinal on six straight scoring drives after replacing Josh Nunes in Stanford's 48-0 rout of the Buffaloes.
This weekend is the start of a pivotal home stretch for the Cardinal as they have to face ranked opponents in each of their next three games, which makes this Saturdays tilt with the No. 11 Oregon State Beavers important if Stanford hopes to set the tone for how they plan to finish the 2012 campaign.
Stanford's senior running back Stepfan Taylor will look to get back on track after two straight sub-100 yard rushing efforts and help the Cardinal upset Oregon State.
Wins over nationally ranked opponents always help when it comes to poll voting and computer rankings, and a victory over the Beavers will move Stanford closer to a top 10 ranking.