The Stanford Cardinal rode the momentum of their solid 20-12 win at Oregon State Saturday night and Missouri’s stunning double-overtime loss to South Carolina to a spot in the top five of the newest Bowl Championship Series standings.
The second weekly update for the 2013 season was unveiled Sunday night at ESPN.com.
Stanford is the highest-ranked one-loss team in the standings for the second consecutive week. The 7-1 Cardinal suffered their only loss at Utah, a 27-21 defeat on Oct. 12.
The Pac-12 Conference has two teams ranked in the top five, however, as Oregon leapfrogged Florida State and moved up to No. 2 this week after pulling away from UCLA late for a 42-14 win on Saturday.
Florida State also cruised, blowing out North Carolina State 49-17. Oregon remained No. 2 in both human-based polls used by the BCS formula, the Harris Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll, but the Ducks’ computer profile rose significantly, from .880 (fourth) last week to .940 this week (third).
There are eight unbeatens left in the Football Bowl Subdivision, with five of them coming from BCS automatic qualifying conferences.
Stanford is ranked ahead of two of those squads, No. 6 Baylor and No. 7 Miami, as well as No. 16 Fresno State from the Mountain West Conference and No. 17 Northern Illinois from the Mid-American Conference.
The top four are Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State.
Both the Cardinal and Ducks are idle this week leading into their showdown at Stanford Stadium scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 7.
Stanford will still need some help to move into the top two, but any move toward a spot in the BCS Championship Game will have to start with a win over Oregon in 10 days or so.
UCLA is the only other regional team in the BCS Top 25, checking in at No. 20.