David Shaw and the Stanford Cardinal are currently positioned sixth in the 2011 BCS rankings. Their path back to the BCS championship game is going to be a little bit perilous and require a lot of chaos. And Shaw isn't too pleased with the quality of the teams ahead of him.
Stanford being ahead of Oklahoma State is not an easy case. Yes, Oklahoma State lost to a worse opponent, but they've had a higher quality schedule and better wins against Kansas State and Baylor. Stanford has one solid win against USC, which they barely edged out in triple overtime.
Stanford should be ahead of Virginia Tech though. The Hokies have one good win over 8-3 Georgia Tech, their non-conference schedule is a joke, and they were non-competitive against Clemson in their toughest test.
It also has to be particularly galling, since Stanford laid the wood on Virginia Tech a year ago on a neutral field in the Orange Bowl. Why anyone would think the Hokies deserve to be ranked above the Cardinal after that performance is a little bit puzzling to say the least.