Pac-12 Week 4 bowl projections: Stanford in line to finally crack the Playoff

Stanford's road win significant for playoff hopes (1:45)

Kirk Herbstreit joins SVP to evaluate the importance of Stanford's win against UCLA and breaks down the big picture of Week 4's action. (1:45)

After that thrilling 22-13 victory over UCLA -- a game which was certainly much closer than the final score would indicate -- it feels like Stanford may be on track to finally clear the hurdle of playing for a national championship.

So we'll do it. We'll take the plunge. We'll project the Cardinal into the College Football Playoff.

Is that a premature call with such a rugged schedule still awaiting Stanford? Of course it is! But these are bowl projections -- and that's why they're fun.

The Cardinal's comeback win felt a lot like the type of games that they had lost in recent years -- the tough, low-scoring defeats marred by missed opportunities that generally relegated them to the Rose Bowl. Pasadena, of course, has not been a bad consolation prize. But the fact that Stanford actually pulled out one of these slogs -- a game that looked to be heading down the same disastrous path as their season opener at Northwestern last year -- puts the Cardinal on a sky-high trajectory.

Of course, the complexion at the top of these projections may change as soon as next Friday night, when Stanford visits Washington for the biggest Pac-12 game of the young season so far. But Stanford, the defending champ, is top dog for now.

Also: Welcome to the bowl projections, Colorado. That 41-38 win at Oregon puts the Buffs back into this picture, and it's been a long time coming.

We're back to 10 projected bowl teams for the Pac-12. The bet here is that many will again reach that six-win plateau.

College Football Playoff semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: Stanford

Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual: Washington

Valero Alamo Bowl: UCLA

Holiday Bowl: Utah

Foster Farms Bowl: Arizona State

Hyundai Sun Bowl: Colorado

Las Vegas: Oregon

Cactus: USC

At-large: Arizona

At-large: California