The 11-1 Cardinal, the #2 team in the Pac-10, got pushed out of the Rose Bowl (which was a hell of a game, I must admit) all the way across the country to Florida's Orange Bowl, to meet "home team" Virginia Tech (11-2). The line for the game, as of a couple of weeks ago, was Stanford by three.
In late-breaking news, the Hokies shipped six unimportant players back from Miami due to rules violations, but I don't think that will have bearing on tonight's game. I don't recall those six guys factoring into VTech's loss to James Madison (they lost to one guy, for Pete's sake!).
Jim Harbaugh, on the other hand, looking to cap a great coaching run at Stanford (where he has built an incredible football program), auditioning to replicate his success at his alma mater Michigan? Now that might play into tonight's game. [UPDATE 5:10p: In an unintentionally laughably funny piece, Mark Kreidler of ESPN reveals his jealousy about Harbaugh's attention, btw.]