Stanford was already the most highly ranked one-loss team prior to its 26-20 defeat of Oregon on Nov. 7. Scoring that victory over the third-ranked Ducks catapulted the Cardinal back into the Top 4, ahead of its Pac-12 North rival and in shouting distance of a BCS Championship berth.
In order to play for the program's first national championship since Clark Shaugnessy's 1940 "Wow Boys," Stanford needs some help. Three undefeated teams sit ahead of the Cardinal: Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State. A fourth, Baylor, is likely to move ahead of the Cardinal should the Bears continue winning.
Stanford needs a little bit of the chaos it helped start against Oregon to ripple through the college football landscape.