BCS Standings 2012: Pac-12's Stanford or Oregon, Best Shot at BCS Title Game?

William PenfieldCorrespondent IIMarch 20, 2017

STANFORD, CA - OCTOBER 08:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal throws the ball during their game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Stanford Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Stanford, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The Oregon Ducks and the Stanford Cardinal are the cream of the crop of the newly formed Pacific 12 Conference.

Both teams have the legitimate talent it takes to make it to the BCS National Title Game in January but only one will have a shot.

With one loss already, the Ducks are seemingly at a disadvantage but that all can change in a heartbeat.

On November 12, the two Pac-12 powerhouses will square off in Paolo Alto see who is top dog and likely to move on to the Pac-12 Championship game. 

Sitting at 6-0, the Stanford Cardinal is sitting pretty atop the Pac-12 but they have yet to face a true test with their best opponent being the 1-5 Arizona Wildcats.

Andrew Luck has looked sharp all season offensively for the Cardinal, completing 71.3 percent of his passes and throwing just three interceptions to 18 touchdowns, but the Ducks may have the most explosive offense in the country.

If healthy, the edge offensively goes to the Ducks but last night Darren Thomas was injured and star running back, LaMichael James, is already out after dislocating his elbow a week before. 

Although they showed they can move the ball without James and Thomas last night against the Arizona State Sun Devils, they will need at least one, if not both, of those guys on Nov. 12 if they want a chance to knock off the Cardinal on the road.

On the defensive side of the ball, the edge definitely goes to the Cardinal as they are fifth in the country in points against, allowing just 11.2 points per game. In all six games, they have held teams under 20 points. 

The Ducks defense is certainly not bad, allowing 23.3 points per game, but they don't compare to the hard nosed, gritty defense of the Cardinal.

Uncertainty of their star players and the fact they already have one loss to their credit gives the Cardinal the better shot at reaching the BCS National Title Game. 

The Cardinal also gets to take on the Ducks in their home stadium, where they are 15-1 since 2009. Both teams have BCS talent but all the factors are pointing to Stanford coming out on top in the Nov. 12 matchup.

If Stanford does come out on top, they should be able to finish the season unscathed.

Unfortunately for them, the Oklahoma Sooners look likely to run the table as well as one of the two SEC powerhouses, Alabama and LSU. So Stanford could find themselves playing in the Orange Bowl for the second consecutive year instead of the BCS Championship Game.

Can we get a playoff please?