First of all, I'd like to thank the Arkansas Razorbacks. Next I'd like to thank the Nevada Wolfpack. Without the two of you and all your hard work against LSU and Boise State, the Mighty Card's 11-1 season would probably have earned a trip to the prestigious Alamo Bowl.
But thanks to those two upsets (technically, the Arkansas win wasn't an upset), Stanford has climbed all the way to number four in the latest BCS standings, guaranteeing an invitation to one of the four BCS bowl games.
With most teams having finished their schedules, there are far fewer variables out there, so now seems as good a time as any to try to navigate Stanford's bowl possibilities. All of this discussion is based on the BCS selection process, as explained in a lengthy document that you're welcome to peruse. Or you can just take my word for it. I'll be sure to make it clear when I'm giving you something certain and when I'm speculating. Okay, here goes.