PULLMAN — With last Thursday’s 26-20 win over No. 2 Oregon, Stanford assumed the Ducks’ mantle as the premier team in the Pac-12. Having already beaten Pac-12 South contend- ers Arizona State and UCLA, the Cardinal can claim to be the best team in not just the Pac-12 North division, but in the entire conference.
The fact that Stanford’s only loss was Utah’s only conference win speaks to the Pac-12’s overall depth. Because of that league-wide parity, the Cardinal haven’t had a moment to bask in their big win. Not with a trip to Los Angeles to face USC on the horizon.