Previously ranked 17th, the Cardinal jumped three spots ahead of Mississippi State, Texas A&M and USC.
The Trojans fell eight spots after being ranked ninth a week ago. They took a disappointing loss to Arizona in Tuscon that helped contribute to making Stanford the third ranked Pac-12 team in the BCS standings behind Oregon and Oregon State.
There's been plenty of reaction over at SB Nation's own Stanford blog, Rule of Tree. A quick look at the front page will reveal that Cardinal fans are relieved that Stanford avoided a major upset against the Cougars that would have cost significant ranking points.
Though the win wasn't pretty, the team still emerges from the contest with a 6-2 overall record and a 4-1 mark in the Pac-12 conference and is poised to play in the championship game.