Second-half outlook: Stanford

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Stanford Cardinal

Record: 4-3, 3-2

Stanford is unbeaten at home this year but has struggled on the road. So the best reason to believe the Cardinal can still earn bowl eligibility is that four of their final five games are on the Farm. On the other hand, none of the games are gimmes, like a few of the early-season contests. No future foe presently has more than two losses and four are or have been ranked this season.

Remaining schedule: Arizona State, Oregon, at USC, California, Notre Dame

Best-case scenario: The Cardinal win three of their final four, including a clutch Big Game win over rival Cal, and earn their first bowl berth since 2001.

Worst-case scenario: The Cardinal finish the season with a seven-game slide due to a defense that can't stop anyone.

Prediction: Emerald Bowl.