Toughest Remaining Game(s): vs. Washington; @ USC; vs. Oregon
BCS Prediction: Top 10
There was a fine line between Stanford and Wisconsin on this list. I gave the easier schedule edge to Stanford, but at the same time, I think Stanford's games will be more challenging.
Does that make sense? No? Let me try to explain.
Wisconsin hasn't been tested on the road yet, however, two of their biggest games are back-to-back road games at Michigan State and at Ohio State. Even though the perception is that Wisconsin is super-talented, we haven't really gotten to see them play a good road game yet.
That might be an alarming thought for Badgers fans. Stanford also hasn't been tested this year...at all. Their toughest game was on the road against a struggling Arizona team. The Cardinal's schedule is about to get rough, and we're all about to see what they're really made of.
Stanford hosts No. 25 Washington this weekend, travels to USC next weekend (which will be tough regardless of how the Trojans have looked this season), and eventually hosts No. 10 Oregon who has looked great since their season-opening loss against LSU.
Oh, and to top it off, they host unranked-but-still-talented Notre Dame to end the season. So why is this schedule easier than Wisconsin's?
The Cardinal's big games are home games. Stanford is good at home. They have won their last 10 games at home, and 15 of their last 16 in total.
Wisconsin's big games are on the road, where they haven't been tested all year. Not a good sign late in the season.
So, even though Oregon will be the best opponent that either team faces, Stanford at least gets the opportunity to host their biggest game of the year.