Stanford fourth in both polls

Stanford is ranked fourth in both the AP and coaches poll, though the Cardinal are behind different No. 3 teams.

Stanford is five points behind No. 3 Oklahoma State in the AP poll and 85 points ahead of No. 5 Virginia Tech.

Let's pause for a moment and recognize that the writers have it correct.

Stanford is two points behind Virginia Tech and 44 points ahead of Oklahoma State in the coaches poll.

Let's pause for a moment and see the coaching community giving the highly respected Frank Beamer a bump his team doesn't deserve.

Who thinks Virginia Tech would beat Stanford? Not even Virginia Tech fans think that (little issue with last year's Orange Bowl).

Oregon is eighth and USC is tied for ninth with Boise State in the AP poll.

Oregon is seventh in the coaches poll. USC is not eligible for the coaches poll due to NCAA sanctions.

Back to Stanford-Virginia Tech: Stanford's best wins are over USC and Notre Dame. It lost to Oregon. Virginia Tech lost to Clemson -- ranked 21st in both polls -- and its best win is over... er...uhmm... unranked Georgia Tech?

The BCS standings come out this evening. The No. 4 spot is important because it would ensure Stanford an automatic berth in a BCS bowl as an at-large team.

LSU and Alabama are Nos. 1 & 2 in both polls.