Stanford Waits for a Bowl Game

Orange or Fiesta most likely

By Laurence Scott
|  Saturday, Dec 4, 2010  |  Updated 11:45 PM PDT
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Stanford Waits for a Bowl Game

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BERKELEY, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal celebrates after beating the California Golden Bears at California Memorial Stadium on November 20, 2010 in Berkeley, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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Stanford’s bowl game fate is still unknown, but we'll find out Sunday for sure where they’ll be playing in the postseason.

Bowl game reps are unpredictable and we all know the BCS does strange things, yet, if the Cardinal stays at number-four in the BCS rankings, then one of two warm weather locales await.

Don’t count on a backroom deal to bring Stanford to the Rose Bowl, which is expected to host Wisconsin and undefeated TCU. So, for the Cardinal it looks like Orange or possibly, Fiesta.

In the Orange Bowl on January 3, Stanford would face Virginia Tech who won the ACC-title Saturday evening. This seems the most likely scenario.

But, if UConn, who won the Big East on Saturday night is brought to South Florida by the Orange Bowl, then the Cardinal could be in a rematch of last year's Sun Bowl. Stanford would be battling Oklahoma again, but this time in the Fiesta Bowl on New Year's Day. The Sooners won the Big 12 title, Saturday night in Dallas by taking down Nebraska, 23-20.

The BCS National Championship game was set Saturday afternoon as top-ranked Oregon ran away from rival Oregon State in the Civil War, 37-20. The Ducks will play on January 10 against Number-2 Auburn, who smashed South Carolina in the SEC championship, 56-17.

Tigers quarterback Cam Newton accounted for six touchdowns, four of them passing and two rushing, and very likely secured the Heisman Trophy.

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