The question on the mind of all two of you Stanford Cardinal football fans is this: What bowl game will the Cardinal play in?
To analyze the different possibilities, I decided to take a Magic 8-Ball approach to answer the question that is burning on all of our minds.
Let’s get started.
Question: Will Stanford play for the national championship?
Magic 8-Ball Answer: Don’t count on it.
Explanation: Stanford cannot play for the BCS championship because they will not be the champion of their conference. Even if Oregon loses the “Civil War” versus Oregon State next weekend, the Ducks have the tie breaker over the Cardinal because of the head-to-head matchup.
It’s going to take someone with more access than I to figure out the championship picture if Oregon and Auburn lose next week. TCU will be in, that appears for certain. Would Wisconsin jump up to face TCU? Would Wisconsin jump up even though Stanford finishes higher in the BCS standings? I don’t know. But it would be great fodder and may finally kill the BCS.
Question: Let’s say Oregon and Auburn win out, does that mean Stanford will go to the Rose Bowl?
Magic 8-Ball Answer: Reply hazy, try again.
Explanation: No one really knows what the Rose Bowl will do. Wisconsin is in for sure. Who the Badgers will face is completely unknown. TCU right now is the most likely candidate.
Question: Does this mean that the Cardinal will actually avoid the Alamo bowl?
Magic 8-Ball Answer: As I see it, yes.
Explanation: It’s pretty clear at this point that the Cardinal are in for a BCS bid. It’s tough for me to find a scenario that causes the Cardinal to fall down in the BCS standings in the next week. Even if Oregon loses, if anything, the Cardinal will go up in the standings, not fall.
Question: If the Cardinal go to a BCS bowl game and wins, does that mean Jim Harbaugh’s probability of being back at Stanford next year is slim?
Magic 8-Ball Answer: Most likely.
Explanation: Jim Harbaugh is a hot commodity in the coaching ranks. With Andrew Luck likely leaving for the NFL next year, he is currently projected as the #1 overall pick in the draft, Harbaugh would be forced to rebuild. We must also take into account that Stanford does not focus on its football program like, say Michigan. Which is also Jim Harbaugh’s alma matter. To make matters worse for Cardinal fans, Harbaugh will be courted by an NFL franchise. Harbaugh has done as much as humanly possible with Stanford, it is going to be time for him to move on to bigger and better opportunities.
Question: If Stanford and Oregon played again today on a neutral site, would the outcome be different than earlier this year?
Magic 8-Ball Answer: Very doubtful.
Explanation: No matter how well the Cardinal defense has played, it cannot match the athleticism of the Oregon Ducks. I don’t know if Oregon would drop 52 points on Stanford, but I don’t think the outcome would be different.
About the Author
Written by Donovan Williams
32 year-old sports fan who has the audacity to think that he could be good at this sports writing thing. I'll be honest. I'll be snarky. I'll be sarcastic. Maybe not in that order. It is my goal to ensure that my opinions will generate a response from you, dear reader. Good, bad or indifferent, I welcome your replies.