Nov. 28, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - After defeating Oregon State, 38-0 to finish the regular season with an 11-1 record, Stanford climbed two spots in the Bowl Championship Series standings, ascending to the fourth slot.
Auburn (12-0) jumped over Oregon (11-0) into first place, while TCU (12-0) holds onto the third spot.
Auburn will face South Carolina next Saturday in the Southeastern Conference championship game while Oregon will travel to Corvallis to face Oregon State. Stanford and TCU have wrapped up its regular seasons.
Rounding out the top-10 spots in the BCS standings are No. 5 Wisconsin (11-1), No. 6 Ohio State (11-1), No. 7 Arkansas (10-2), No. 8 Michigan State (11-1), No. 9 Oklahoma (10-2) and No. 10 LSU.
The final BCS standings and subsequent bowl invitations will be announced next Sunday.
Stanford is also ranked fifth nationally in both the Associated Press' and USA Today Coaches' Top 25 polls. It is Stanford's highest ranking in the AP poll since the 1970 season, when John Ralston's team was ranked third by AP heading into its Sept. 26 game against Oregon.
Just five years removed from a 1-11 record, the 2010 squad became the first team to win 11 games after shutting out Oregon State, 38-0. The victory marked Stanford's eighth conference win, also a school record.