The Oregon Ducks’ stunning 38-35 loss to the USC Trojans had repercussions throughout the college football world, some of which affected the Stanford Cardinal.
While Stanford took care of business in their own Big Game, the 31-28 win over rival California could have meant so much more if they had just beaten the Ducks. Instead, the Cardinal were forced to watch a team who beat them 53-30 lose to a team they beat 56-48 in triple overtime.
In the short-term, the Ducks losing to USC will elicit many conflicting emotions from Stanford, a team that has undoubtedly run through a gamut of emotions. What’s critical here is to recognize which feelings are fleeting, and which will linger into the postseason and beyond.
For those of you wish to take a dive inside the mind of the Stanford Cardinal, follow me as I attempt to decipher what the Oregon loss really means for the Palo Alto side long-term. It will not be an easy descent, nor a straightforward one, but by the end we might achieve enlightenment.