Stanford football found itself in sixth place of the first Bowl Championship Series standings released Sunday, its highest opening rank.
Alabama (7-0) and Florida State (6-0) are ranked one-two, ahead of Oregon (7-0), Ohio State (7-0), Missouri (7-0) and the Cardinal (6-1), one of only two teams among the top 10 with a loss. Clemson (6-1) is the other.
The BCS standings are based on aggregated poll results gleaned from Harris Interactive, USA Today (where Stanford ranks eighth) and the average computer rankings determined by Anderson and Hester, Billingsley, Colley Matrix, Massey, Sagarin and Wolfe.
"Spoiler alert: in the previous 15 years of the Bowl Championship Series, the teams that were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the initial standings have gone on to play in the championship game only twice," BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock said. "A lot can change over the next seven weeks. Let the roller coaster ride begin."
The Cardinal edged No. 7 Miami (6-0) by .0214 percentage points. Baylor (6-0) was eighth, followed by Clemson and Texas Tech (7-0).
Other Pac-12 teams include UCLA at No. 11 and Oregon State at No. 25. Stanford heads to Corvallis to meet the Beavers next week.
Alabama did not receive No. 1 picks in four of the six computer rankings, as two ranked the Crimson Tide third, with Florida State receiving three top picks and Missouri getting one.