Stanford over Oregon: You kind of heard it here first

National college football writer Chris Dufresne takes time off each Friday during the season to respond to letters about college football. You can write to him at

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Shayne Skov

Stanford linebacker Shayne Skov encourages the crowd to make noise during the fourth quarter of the Cardinal's 26-20 upset over Pac-12 rival Oregon on Thursday. (Ezra Shaw / Getty Images / November 7, 2013)

Hindsight is 20/20. Stanford "could" beat Oregon. Really went out on a limb. Shower yourself in Gatorade podcast.

Kyle Ahlf

I was asked in my weekly Monday podcast on whether I would be shocked if Stanford beat Oregon. I said "no." Stanford beat Oregon last year, I said, and was the defending Pac-12 and Rose Bowl champion. Why would it be a shock?

And I sort of picked Stanford to beat Oregon in August when I made Stanford my preseason No. 1. Yet, after Thursday night's ESPN broadcast, analyst Jesse Palmer said no one thought Stanford could win.

I suggested Palmer should have called my home.

Also, right before the game, Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News predicted Stanford would win, 23-21.

Wilner blew it. His prediction was way off. The score was 26-20.

You must be very sad today, but that's the way the ball bounces in the Pac-12. If you and I live long enough, we might witness a team from the Pac-12 win college football's national championship. I will continue to pray that God grants you more college football wisdom.

David Tyler

Unless I died in 2003, and have been covering college football the last 10 years as a ghost, I saw a Pac-12 team win national titles in 2003 and 2004.

I also lived through all of USC's national titles in the 1960s and '70s and Washington's 1991 title too!

Why would I be sad? I picked Stanford as my preseason No. 1 and there is still a chance the one-loss Cardinal can get to the national title game.

I'm sort of feeling vindicated after Stanford's unfortunate loss at Utah.

Thanks for your prayers, but you can go ahead and redirect them toward world peace.

Way to jinx Stanford earlier this year, cause the Utah loss, and treat us to another 'Bama title.

Twitter: @NotJerryDipoto

My pleasure. It's funny how many little mistakes or brain cramps can affect a national title race. Ah yes, the loss at Utah and a botched goal-line sequence that could end up costing Stanford the national title.

Stanford was third and two at the Utah six and decided to pass twice. Two incomplete passes and the game was over. The team that ran all over Oregon didn't think it could run for two yards in two tries against Utah? Tyler Gaffney carried 45 times against Oregon and 16 times against Utah?

Go figure.

Only Southeastern Conference teams can afford losses and still win BCS titles. In fact, the nine SEC champions have 15 total losses. Every non-SEC BCS champion had to go undefeated.

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