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If Stanford really wants to play for the BCS title, there are a few things that the Cardinal must do.
First, they'll have to find a way to navigate past the Oregon Ducks. The Ducks will be the Cardinal's biggest test of the season.
The reigning Pac-10 champions have recovered from their opening-day loss to the LSU Tigers by winning eight games in a row. However, the Ducks still don't look like the team that finished second in the nation last year.
If they can find away to get past Oregon, which I believe they will do, the Cardinal will then have to win out the season. This won't be too difficult, as their most difficult game will be Notre Dame at home.
After they win out, they will need to make sure that they stay fired up for the Pac-12 Championship game. This will be their biggest banana peel.
If the Cardinal find a way to do all of these things, then they'll have done all that they can. The rest would be out of their control.
It would be unfathomable to think that an undefeated Pac-12 team would fail to make the BCS title game, but we've seen stranger things.
Still, it appears to be the year of the Cardinal, and the year for Stanford.