The BCS rankings underwent a shakeup of seismic proportions. The effects will be far-reaching, and no team might have a more advantageous position than the Stanford Cardinal.
The Alabama Crimson Tide and Arkansas Razorbacks are ranked ahead of Stanford, but neither will likely win their division or conference. The Oklahoma State Cowboys still have to play the Oklahoma Sooners, who are desperate for a win after the loss to Baylor.
A Rose Bowl appearance is a decent consolation prize, but Stanford has a great opportunity to play for much more.