Before this Pac-12 Conference matchup even started, the stakes got higher. Earlier in the afternoon, BCS No. 1 Alabama went down to Texas A&M in Tuscaloosa.
So, along with what we learned about Cal and Oregon, we also learned how the Ducks respond to outside stimuli. Oregon certainly played as if they knew they could take over the top spot in the polls on Sunday.
What else did this game teach us?
Note: If you want to revisit my Live Blog of the game, here's the link: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1404323-oregon-vs-california-live-scores-analysis-and-results