The experts are right: In college football, every game matters. And however loudly the fans clamor for a playoff scenario to determine the BCS National Championship matchup, the current format does a great job—more often than not—of giving the fans the two teams best suited to play for the title.
Enter the Stanford Cardinal and its Nov. 12 loss to Oregon that essentially ended its BCS title hopes. Or did it?
A flurry of recent college football upsets have shuffled the BCS rankings, bumping Stanford up from ninth to sixth in the latest edition of the standings.
There’s an outside chance—and “outside” might even be too generous of a word—that Stanford could end up playing for the BCS National Championship if certain things shake out for the Cardinal.
Here are the scenarios that would allow Stanford to play for the title—even if some of them have an “outside” chance of being absolutely ridiculous…