BCS Rankings: Andrew Luck Can Lead Stanford to Title Game with Heisman

Jayson LoveCorrespondent IOctober 23, 2011

STANFORD, CA - OCTOBER 22:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal rolls out to pass against the Washington Huskies at Stanford Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Stanford, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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The coaches' poll is out, and Stanford is in the on-deck circle, ranked No. 3 waiting for the result of the titanic showdown between LSU and Alabama on November 5.

Assuming the BCS poll looks similar, the Cardinal will be poised for the spoils of war after that game.

Stanford had pretty much coasted to their 6-0, and 4-0 conference record until this weekend, when they finally played a ranked team the No. 22 Washington Huskies.

This weekend, Luck was solid, but not spectacular throwing for 189 yards and 2 touchdowns as the Cardinal coasted to another win. The win brings them to 7-0, and 5-0 in conference play.

The road however, gets tougher for the Cardinal from here on in. In their final five regular season games, Stanford plays USC, Cal, Oregon, and Notre Dame. They will obviously have to run the table in order to play for the national championship when all is said and done this season.

This is where Andrew Luck comes in to play.

The preseason Heisman favorite will have to earn his keep so to speak in order for Stanford to end up playing for all the marbles.

Thus far, Luck's numbers have been steady and impressive, but not the ridiculous numbers you would expect from the leading candidate for Heisman.

Thus far, players like LaMichael James of Oregon, Robert Griffin of Baylor, Kellen Moore of Boise, and Landry Jones among others have put up the gaudy stats.

Luck sits at No. 5 in passer rating, and his 20 touchdown passes rank him eighth among the nation's quarterbacks.

That all will change now the Stanford enters the home stretch, the Cardinals will need Andrew Luck more than ever.

They will ride Luck's right arm as far as he will take them.

As they start to play the top tier teams like Oregon, USC, and to an extent Notre Dame, it will be the offense of Stanford that will need to step up their game.

Should they defeat USC this weekend,  the Nov. 12 match-up with Oregon's prolific offense will likely decide Stanford's BCS fate.

Stanford will need to score a lot of points and will need Luck in order to do that.

As Stanford rises, so will Luck's statistics and should they end up in the Superdome, it will be Andrew Luck hoisting the Heisman trophy in NY.