The Stanford Cardinal moved up one spot to No. 4 in the latest standings for the Bowl Championship Series, released Sunday night on ESPN.
Stanford’s BCS average of .8689 is still well off the pace being set by the top two teams in the standings. Stanford beat previously No. 2 Oregon on Thursday night 26-20.
Alabama remained No. 1 in the standings with an average of .9958 and Florida State moved back up to No. 2 with .9619.
Ohio State is a distant third at .8926, followed by Stanford—the top one-loss team in the standings—and Baylor is fifth at .8618.
The Crimson Tide, Seminoles, Buckeyes and Bears are the last four unbeaten major conference teams in the nation. Two other schools are also unbeaten right now—Fresno State out of the Mountain West Conference and Northern Illinois from the Mid-American Conference.
Fresno State, at 14th in the standings, is in line to automatically qualify for its first-ever BCS bowl bid. Schools from non-qualifying conferences have to finish in the top 16 and finish ahead of the conference champion from at least one conference that is an automatic qualifier.
UCF, out of the American Athletic Conference, is No. 17 this week in the standings, one spot behind Northern Illinois.
The Huskies busted the BCS last season, earning an Orange Bowl bid with a 15th place finish in the standings after a 12-0 campaign. Northern Illinois lost to Florida State 31-10.
ESPN’s latest bowl predictions, released after the standings came out, were unanimous in having Stanford and Ohio State matched up in the Rose Bowl.
Stanford won the Pac-12 title last year and beat Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl 20-14.