The Cardinal entered the title game by virtue of their upset victory over the Oregon Ducks, which propelled them to the top of the Pac-12 North with an 8-1 conference record. They pulled out the win by putting up ten unanswered points in the fourth quarter, including the go-ahead 36-yard field goal by kicker Jordan Williamson.
The Oregon State Beavers were also in action in a makeup game against Nicholls State. They picked up an easy blowout victory, winning 77-3.
With only bowl games remaining, the Pac-12 standings are as follows:
Stanford Cardinal 11-2 (8-1)
Oregon Ducks 12-1 (8-1)
Oregon State Beavers 9-3 (6-3)
Washington Huskies 7-5 (5-4)
California Golden Bears 3-9 (2-7)
Washington State Cougars 3-9 (1-8)
UCLA Bruins 9-4 (6-3)
USC Trojans 7-5 (5-4)
Arizona State Sun Devils 7-5 (5-4)
Arizona Wildcats 7-5 (4-5)
Utah Utes 5-7 (3-6)
Colorado Buffaloes 1-11 (1-8)