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It's tempting, this late in the season, to rank the undefeated teams from every power conference ahead of any team that has lost.
In theory, that is a sound principle; but in practice, it's inherently flawed.
Texas Tech still has yet to play any real competition, and though it was nice to see the Red Raiders come back in Morgantown this week, they still almost lost to a mediocre West Virginia team.
Stanford, meanwhile, did a defensive number on undefeated UCLA and has also beaten Washington (back when the Huskies were fresh enough to play well).
Does anyone doubt that Stanford would be favored over Texas Tech on a neutral field? Exactly. It only makes sense for the Cardinal to be ranked higher in both polls.
That's precisely what happened.