Within the postgame afterglow of Stanford’s surprising come-from-behind additional time win at Oregon final Saturday, any Cardinal with a microphone in entrance of him couldn’t cease taking about how the group’s unshakable perception of their core id catapulted them to victory.
It was all so very Stanford.
For if there’s one program that revels in its predictability — embraces it even — it’s David Shaw’s Stanford Cardinal. Even when it’s the football equivalent of seppuku.
Such was practically the case Saturday in Eugene, when Shaw and firm stubbornly caught to the ability run sport, even because it grew to become more and more clear their Invoice Walton-sized receiving corps might have their method with the Geese any time they needed.
If not for an extremely lucky botched snap that Stanford returned 80 yards for a landing, and a few inconceivably poor clock administration from Geese coach Mario Cristobal that produced one more fumble with a minute left, the Cardinal by no means would have had an opportunity at a miracle comeback for the ages.
However Stanford acquired these breaks, and the remaining is historical past. Or in Oregon’s case, inconsolable despair.
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— School GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 23, 2018
There was a lesson to be realized right here. And one can solely hope that the Cardinal — after seeing their lives flash earlier than their eyes in Eugene — truly grasped it.
It’s the primary of a number of classes from a wild Week Four within the Convention of Champions:
Stanford’s highway to the playoff is thru the air: The mental brutality that the Cardinal cling to love an unopened textbook shouldn’t be sustainable with this offensive line. If Stanford goes to compete for a playoff spot, Coach Shaw should be extra unpredictable and belief Ok.J. Costello to make performs on first down. The junior quarterback displayed a deft contact in opposition to the Geese and seems effectively suited to the Cardinal’s soar ball passing sport. Lean on that extra usually and perhaps some holes will open up for Bryce Love and the run sport.
Oregon QB Justin Herbert is the true deal: After a collection of uninspired performances the primary three weeks of the season, Herbert was one of the best participant of the sphere for practically 4 quarters Saturday. His first down run with lower than two minutes left in regulation ought to have sealed the sport for Oregon. As a substitute, Coach Cristobal inexplicably stored his foot on the gasoline pedal and Herbert was robbed of a signature win.
USC’s protection is weak: Possibly we should always have been ready for this after Texas torched the Trojans in Week 2. However it was nonetheless surprising to see Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew carve up the USC secondary in a 39-36 Cougars loss final Friday. Take into consideration this: The Trojans are a blocked area purpose away from presumably being 1-3.
Arizona’s protection shouldn’t be a complete practice wreck: It won’t appear to be a lot of an accomplishment to carry one-win Oregon State to 14 factors, however the Beavers had been averaging greater than 30 a sport going into Saturday’s 35-14 residence loss to the Wildcats. A re-examination of the Wildcats’ schedule reveals that A) dropping to BYU shouldn’t be as unhealthy as initially thought, and B) getting lit up by Houston’s offense is nothing to be ashamed of. Bowl eligibility could also be doable in spite of everything for Kevin Sumlin’s crew.
The UW choke maintain: As full a group as Washington is, the Huskies merely aren’t able to blowing opponents out by 20-plus factors. Very similar to Alabama groups of current classic, the Huskies win video games with a relentlessly suffocating mixture of bend-but-don’t-break protection and opportunistic offense. It might be inelegant, nevertheless it’s efficient. Simply ask Arizona State, which solely misplaced 27-20 final Saturday however by no means felt like an actual menace to win.
Steven Montez is licking his lips: Exterior of Utah and perhaps ASU, the South is a sea of mediocre to moribund defenses. Colorado’s junior quarterback and Laviska Shenault Jr. ought to feast, beginning with the Bruins on Friday.
— Matt Schubert, The Denver Submit
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