Neither Stanford nor Oregon is in the top five of the Week 8 AP Poll and the Week 8 USA Today coaches poll. But the Pac-12's premier teams both appear positioned to be the conference champions, and the loser might yet be a BCS representative.
The Cardinal (No. 5 coaches/No. 7 AP) and Ducks (No. 8 coaches/No. 9 AP) are both in position to be in the top 10 by season's end by winning out, but each will need help to make a BCS National Championship Game. Stanford needs losses by Wisconsin, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State to be in position to meet an unbeaten SEC champion for a national title; Oregon needs all of that and losses by Boise State and Clemson.
The other hard fact for the two Pac-12 lions: there isn't much meat on their conference schedules. Washington (No. 22 AP/No. 24 coaches) and Arizona State (No. 24 AP/No. 25 coaches) are the only other ranked Pac-12 teams.
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