Stanford, Oregon might need BCS boost from Pac-12

September 27, 2011 - 3:40 PM
Pac-12 Pushovers Football

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2011, file photo, Stanford coach David Shaw, left, and quaterback Andrew Luck (12) watch from the sidelines during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Duke in Durham, N.C. The biggest road block to a berth in the BCS championship game for No. 6 Stanford and No. 9 Oregon _ besides each other _ might be the lack of power in the Pac-12 Conference. With the rest of the league stumbling, the two schools will need some help. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Stanford coach David Shaw and Oregon coach Chip Kelly don't spend a ton of time watching other games in the Pac-12 Conference other than those involving their next opponent. They don't worry about what the outcomes mean to their team, either.

This year, they're probably better off.

The biggest roadblock to a berth in the BCS championship game for No. 6 Stanford (3-0) and No. 9 Oregon (3-1) — besides each other — might be the lack of power in the Pac-12 Conference. With the rest of the league stumbling so far, the two programs will likely need some help from the competition to boost their remaining schedules, which are looking awfully average outside of that Nov. 12 matchup.