Many are shocked that the Stanford Cardinals would not be in the BCS Top 10 when it's all said and done. But it's not out of the realm of possibility that the Cardinals could be on the outside looking in when the final BCS rankings are revealed.
The Cardinals have plenty of talent on both sides of the ball; no college football analyst or fan can deny that fact.
However, what many saw in Stanford's 53-30 loss against the Oregon Ducks was the fact that the Cardinals are not invincible, and that Andrew Luck is not a perfect quarterback.
Luck proved he is just as prone to mistakes as any quarterback, and that even he struggles against a good defense, as Oregon had him under containment all night long.
The Stanford Cardinals also showed that their defense is very vulnerable against top offenses, not only against the Ducks, but one week earlier against the USC Trojans.
The level of competition they have faced has also been questionable with a weak Pac-12 Conference and an even weaker schedule, with their only notable games being against USC and Oregon.
Unless Luck and the Cardinals can put it together to finish the season and perform well in their bowl game, BCS or not, they will be known as that talented team that faltered when faced with bigger and better competition.