Oregon knocks off No. 7 Stanford 38-36, likely kills Cardinal playoff hopes

Nov 15, 2015 1:26 AM by CBS Sports - Tom Fornelli

If you'd been paying attention to Oregon the last few weeks, you noticed the Ducks looked a bit different compared to the team you saw in September. Quarterback Vernon Adams was looking healthy, and more comfortable in the offense, and as a result, the Ducks were starting to look like the team most thought it would be before the season.

And on Saturday night in Palo Alto, that's exactly who the Ducks were.

Oregon beat Stanford 38-36 in a wildly entertaining game. Stanford had a chance to tie the game late and force overtime. After getting the ball at the Oregon 49-yard line in the final minute, the Cardinal drove down the field and scored on a 4-yard touchdown to Greg Taboada with 10 seconds left. Unfortunately for Stanford, the two-point conversion attempt would fall incomplete, and the game ended.

While Stanford remains in first place in the Pac-12 North, and only needs a win against Cal next week to clinch a spot in the Pac-12 title game, Saturday night's loss probably means that a Pac-12 title is the only thing the Cardinal have left to play for this year. It's hard to imagine that a two-loss Stanford team is going to be selected for the College Football Playoff barring a whole lot of chaos across the country over the rest of the month.

Stanford's loss also leaves the Pac-12 in a precarious position as a whole. Utah is now the only team with less than two losses in the conference, and even with wins over Michigan and Oregon, the Utes were only ranked No. 10 in last week's CFP Rankings.

At this point you have to believe the Pac-12 is more likely to be left out of the playoff in 2015 than be in it.


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