Boise State had one of the most productive bye weeks a team could ever hope for.
Without putting on their pads and hitting anybody, the Broncos' path to the BCS title game suddenly became much wider than just an alley way. In fact, if it wasn't for Stanford's thrilling triple-overtime win over USC, that path would've been as broad as the Champs Elysees.
But Stanford did win, with Andrew Luck rallying his team after a disastrous pick-six that nearly ended the Cardinal's 15-game winning streak. And as a result, Stanford will jump ahead of Boise State into the fourth spot, behind idle LSU and Alabama and their presumptive title-game opponent Oklahoma State, in the BCS Standings.
Still, with Clemson and Kansas State proving to be mere pretenders, the Broncos now have a better shot than anyone to go through the regular season undefeated. The debate ultimately may hinge on whether Boise State is more worthy as the SEC champ's BCS title game opponent than a 1-loss team from a BCS conference.
Yep, don't count out Oklahoma just yet, either.
More exclusive analysis to come at SB Nation. Now, the BCS Standings projections:
1. LSU, 2. Alabama, 3. Oklahoma State, 4. Stanford, 5. Boise State, 6. Oklahoma, 7. Oregon, 8. Arkansas, 9. South Carolina, 10. Virginia Tech, 11. Nebraska, 12. Houston, 13. Michigan, 14. Kansas State, 15. Penn State.