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Before Stanford coach David Shaw can worry about upcoming tougher foes he has to deal with a potentially dangerous trip to Washington State.
Stanford (3-0) has so many big games remaining on its schedule that it's hard to believe a late September trip north could have an impact on the Cardinal's BCS chances. But with a lot of high-profile games yet to happen, dropping one here would fall into the "bad loss" category that could affect Stanford's ability to get an at-large BCS berth if it doesn't win the Pac-12.
The Cardinal dodge a bullet, somewhat, by having this game played in Seattle—Wazzu often has at least one home game moved there, to appease its urban alumni—instead of having to travel to sleepy Pullman.
Washington State (3-1) has no realistic BCS hopes—unless it were to beat Stanford and later trip up Washington and Oregon and...yeah, never mind.