Stanford states its case

There is no question that Stanford rates among the super-elite this year. Best 1-loss team? More than a few folks -- other than fans of other 1-loss teams -- believe what their eyes have repeatedly shown: Yes.

The Cardinal finished the regular season with a dominant 38-o win over Oregon State -- its third shutout of the year -- and finished 11-1, one of the best seasons in program history. There's a good chance it will move up two spots to No. 4 in the BCS standings after losses this weekend by Boise State and LSU, which would guarantee the Cardinal a berth in a BCS bowl game.

Quarterback Andrew Luck also made a statement for his Heisman Trophy hopes, particularly for voters who care about character. He completed 21-of-30 for 317 yards and four touchdowns in what could be his final college game before he becomes the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Oregon State didn't come into the game having much of a chance, but it didn't help its case with five turnovers. Quarterback Ryan Katz threw three interceptions and fumbled. Jacquizz Rodgers only rushed for 76 yards.

The Beavers (5-6) have to beat top-ranked rival Oregon in the Civil War to become bowl eligible.