Ranked sixth in the most recent BCS standings, the Stanford Cardinal are still on the outside of the title picture looking in.
Despite rolling up the score on then-No. 25 Washington 65-21 last week at the Farm, Stanford seemingly cannot get any respect.
The Cardinal are undefeated with a Heisman front runner in Andrew Luck guiding one of the best offenses in the nation, and yet they still failed to crack the top five.
This weekend, they face a USC team in Los Angeles that is still marred by NCAA sanctions. The 6-1 Trojans may be one of the better teams in the Pac-12 South, but you won't see them in any postseason play. Matt Barkley's success this year has been even quieter than Luck's because of SC's postseason ban.
USC is in need of a marquee win against top-tier opposition to help recruiting efforts, and Stanford fits that bill nicely. With ESPN College GameDay heading to the Coliseum, the eyes of a nation will be watching two of the Pac-12's premier sides go at it.
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