STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - The matchup between Stanford and UCLA this Saturday was supposed to be the last major hurdle before the Pac-12's showdown of the season.
And it still might be - just maybe not the one everybody expected.
Stanford's collision course with Oregon - set for Nov. 7 on The Farm - took a detour when the Cardinal lost at Utah last week, snapping a 13-game winning streak. Now No. 9 UCLA (5-0, 2-0) can take the conference down another path entirely by handing No. 13 Stanford (5-1, 3-1) a second straight loss.
That would make the Oregon-UCLA game on Oct. 26 in Eugene the Pac-12's game of the year and it would have all kinds of national championship implications.