The Stanford Cardinal were rewarded for the Week 12 failures of others as they climbed from No. 9 to No. 6 in the Week 13 BCS rankings. While the SEC West rules the roost in the BCS right now, Stanford quietly has secured its positioning in hopes for BCS bowl consideration. Thanks Oregon, Oklahoma and Clemson all losing, Stanford climbed ahead of them and is now within shouting distance of No. 4 Virginia Tech.
Stanford took down their rivals, the California Golden Bears, in the 2011 Big Game. Although Cal has struggled this year, Stanford saw some modest improvement in their computer ratings, as their average rank climbed from No. 11 to No. 9. That was not so much thanks to Stanford's win (although they obviously had to win), but thanks to the losses ahead of them.
Stanford's computer ratings find them in a funny situation. Although they lost to the Oregon Ducks at home a week ago, Stanford is now in a position where if both teams win out, Stanford will end up ahead of Oregon in the BCS rankings while Oregon finishes ahead of them in the Pac-12. Nobody ever said the BCS made any sense.
The BCS formula combines human and computer rankings to devise the standings. The USA Today/Coaches Poll and the Harris Poll are voted on by humans each Sunday. The computer ratings include the Sagarin Ratings, Anderson & Hester, Billingsley Report, Colley Matrix, Massey Ratings, and Wolfe Ratings. Stanford rates as follows according to the computers: