The first ranked opponent for Stanford this season hardly figured to come so soon.
After rolling to a 41-0 victory last year in Seattle, Andrew Luck and the seventh-ranked Cardinal will host the surprising No. 22 Huskies on Saturday night in what amounts to an elimination game in the Pac-12 North.
Both Stanford (6-0, 4-0) and Washington (5-1, 3-0) still have home dates with No. 9 Oregon in early November. The winner at sold-out Stanford Stadium remains in control for a spot in the inaugural Pac-12 Championship game.
And in the Cardinal's case, even more.
Stanford is entering the toughest part of its schedule and hoping for a late push up the BCS standings - if it can stay perfect.