College Football: What the Oregon Result Means for Stanford Long Term
The loss to Oregon really hurt Stanford in many ways. Oregon ran all over Stanford and made them look like a junior varsity team. The Ducks had a good idea of how to wear out Stanford's defense and it worked perfectly. They were also able to put pressure on Andrew Luck and force a lot of tough throws.
Here is a look at what Oregon's win over Stanford does for the Cardinal's long-term future.
No National Championship
Stanford had an amazing run, but now it is all over. If Standford was able to beat the Ducks, they would have had a very good shot of getting to the National Championship Game.
Even though Stanford is a one-loss team, the BCS will recognize that Alabama, Oklahoma and Oregon are better one-loss teams.
No Pac-12 Title
Stanford lost a good chance of going to the National Championship when Oregon beat them. They also lost a good shot at winning the Pac-12 North Division as well.
Right now, they are one game behind Oregon for the lead of the North division. If Oregon wins out, they will have the upper hand because they won the head-to-head matchup with Stanford and they have not lost a game in conference.
Andrew Luck needed a good performance against Oregon and maybe a win to seal the Heisman trophy. Since he had a tough time facing the speedy Oregon defense and couldn't pull out the victory, it hurt his chances of winning the Heisman.
Andrew Luck is going to need lady luck on his side for the rest of the season. He needs to put up some impressive performances against California and Notre Dame to have any chance of winning the Heisman trophy.