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Stanford wins Pac-12 North, will meet UCLA again in conference title

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Oh, Oregon. If only you had defeated Stanford at home last weekend. Then your path to the BCS national championship would be clear. Instead, the Ducks needed to rely on a series of unfortunate events (for others) to even think about jumping up to the top two in the BCS. But thanks to wins by Alabama, Georgia and Florida, that path just got much more difficult for Oregon.

And now, with No. 11 Stanford’s 35-17 win over No. 15 UCLA, the Ducks’ hopes to reach the Pac-12 championship game for the second straight game are done as well. Instead, Stanford and UCLA will meet again in one week for conference title.

Stepfan Taylor rushed for 142 yards and a pair of scores and the Cardinal’s No. 2 rush defense held the Bruins to just 73 yards on the ground and forced two turnovers.

The Bruins and the Cardinal have both exceeded national expectations this year. As an unintended consequence, the Pac-12 championship game may not draw the eyeballs of, say, an Oregon-USC matchup.

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10 Responses to “Stanford wins Pac-12 North, will meet UCLA again in conference title”
  1. beastmode5150 says: Nov 24, 2012 10:49 PM

    Another year the *ucks can’t win a NC.

  2. duklover says: Nov 24, 2012 11:10 PM

    True enough, but the ” dawgs” will be in the NC in your dreams.

  3. macdaddyspeed says: Nov 25, 2012 12:52 AM

    and in the history books, unlike phil’s organ.

  4. uscatjerseyshore says: Nov 25, 2012 1:05 AM

    The good news is that Stanford’s win shuts Oregon out of the PAC-12 conference title game. With USC’s loss to ND Duck fans who had already bought their tickets to Miami can close their beaks for beaks (except to listen to their should-ofs and could-ofs about their NO-DEFENSE team that Stanford proved could be beaten. Your PAC-12 title run ended at three featherheads. Counter reset to zero.

  5. 32stork says: Nov 25, 2012 1:26 AM

    Dawgs. ha ha ha ha. After what Wazzu did to you clowns you have anything at all to say about anyone else???

  6. txnative61 says: Nov 25, 2012 1:36 AM

    Colorado>Washington State>Washington>Stanford>Oregon. Colorado for NC championship game!!!!? Ha Ha Ha Ha college football—–gotta love it.

  7. pedagoguish says: Nov 25, 2012 1:48 AM

    Colorado vs. Auburn for the BS National Championship!

  8. pedagoguish says: Nov 25, 2012 2:11 AM

    If Stanford had started the season with Hogan instead of Nunes, THEY would be playing for the national championship. Right now they are the toughest team in the nation (and the smartest! :-))

  9. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Nov 25, 2012 9:38 AM

    I guess this shows you how much pre-season polls are worth. Who would have expected an unranked ND team to be playing for a national championship, while USC and Oregon would not even be playing for a Pac 12 championship?

  10. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 25, 2012 12:33 PM

    Has this ever happened before…two teams playing each other in back to back weekends?

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