Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/21/11

PALO ALTO, CA - NOVEMBER 28: Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal runs with the ball during their game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Stanford Stadium on November 28, 2009 in Palo Alto, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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.
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