The Stanford vs. Arizona game on Nov. 6 has slipped under the radar, even though it directly affects the week 11 BCS standings for more than just the two teams playing. This is also a game that is going to increase the strength of schedule for the Oregon Ducks by proxy, and will give them a better shot at making it into the BCS National Championship Game. What both Stanford and Arizona are hoping for though, is a chance to win out their regular season schedule and possibly get one of the at-large invites into a BCS bowl game. Having their game on national television will certainly help that argument.
The Stanford vs. Arizona game has two of the best college quarterbacks taking the field, with Nick Foles for the Arizona Wildcats and Andrew Luck for the Stanford Cardinal. Arizona is now 7-1 in 2010, losing to Oregon State 29-27 in their only schedule blemish. They beat Big Ten powerhouse Iowa 34-27, but they also have to play Oregon on Nov. 26. What they need to really help their overall resume is a win over No. 13 Stanford on Saturday, a win over USC next week, and then a win over Oregon on national television to celebrate Thanksgiving. Picking up those key wins will garner national recognition as well as the 2010 Pac-10 Championship.
The Stanford record is an identical 7-1 in 2010, with their only loss coming to Oregon back on Oct. 2. They have a much weaker strength of schedule, with their marquee win outside of the conference coming against Notre Dame. What Stanford needs to do now is beat Arizona by a lot, finish the season 11-1, and hope that their leader (Luck) is an attractive asset to get them a BCS at-large invite. It’s quite possible, because Luck is one of the players projected to be taken early in the 2011 NFL Draft. Getting him on a national stage would definitely draw in the viewers, but Stanford still has to prove they can beat Arizona and Oregon State to close out the season.
The 2010 Pac-10 standings are looking pretty competitive this year, with three teams still holding a nice chance at coming in second in the conference. Right now the Pac-10 is in the hands of Oregon, which can win it simply by finishing out their schedule on a winning note. This Arizona vs. Stanford game will likely determine which team gets second place in the conference, and if a second Pac-10 team enters into the consideration for a BCS bowl game invite. The game is going to be an exciting one on Saturday, with national coverage on ABC or ESPN depending on your area of the country. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. PT (8 p.m. ET).