Of all the one-loss teams in America, no team is better-positioned, perhaps, than No. 11 Stanford (7-1). The Cardinal have won seven straight games since their season-opening loss at Northwestern and play their three toughest games – Oregon, Cal and No. 5 Notre Dame – at home.
In fact, Scott Ferrall believes that if Stanford wins out and beats Notre Dame on Nov. 28, then the Cardinal will be in the playoff.
“Well hopefully, but that’s not our focus right now,” Stanford cornerback Quenton Meeks said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “We’re just focused on Colorado this week, and then when those games come up, we’ll focus in on those opponents. But obviously we would love to win out and that’s the goal and that’s everybody’s goal – to win the rest of the games from here on out. But we’re a pretty good team of staying focused on the task at hand. Right now, the task at hand is Colorado. We’ve just got to play the best football game we’ve played against Colorado. As we always say, the most important game of the season is the next one. That’s the one in Boulder this weekend.”
Ferrall isn’t buying it. Stanford is in prime position to win out and play for a national championship. There’s no way the Cardinal aren’t thinking about that.
“Oh, no doubt,” Meeks said. “That’s the goal of everybody – to get to the playoffs. That’s the goal you set from the beginning of the year. Everybody wants to win the national championship. We feel if we do our jobs, then we definitely have a great chance of doing that. We have a very talented football team. We feel we can beat anybody in the country if we line up against them, but also we realize that anybody in the country can beat us if we’re not playing our best football. So like I said, we just got to stay focused. Obviously the goal is to get to the national championship and the playoff. I feel like we have a very good chance of doing that, and so does the rest of the team, but we really can’t look too far ahead.”
Stanford has been steamrolling opponents since its 16-6 loss to Northwestern, winning seven games by an average of 18.6 points.
“We knew we didn’t come out and play our best football that first week,” Meeks said. “So after that, we stayed tight and we knew that we really didn’t have to change much. We just needed to execute a lot better and we needed to come out and we can’t underestimate any opponent. I think that we’ve done a good job ever since then of just coming out and playing our best football.”
Stanford plays Colorado (4-5) this Saturday at 1 p.m. ET. It may look like a guaranteed win on paper, but Meeks isn’t taking the Buffaloes for granted.
“You can’t underestimate any team in the Pac-12,” Meeks said. “This is a very competitive conference – one of the best in the nation. In my opinion, it’s the best. But you really can’t underestimate anybody. They’re a very talented football team. They’re very well-coached, fundamentally sound. So you have to really do what you have to do and trust your coaching and just play a good game.”