Stanford University, a Silicon Valley-sponsored industry suckup named after a racist robber baron, just lost to an unranked Northwestern team starting a freshman at QB. The Cardinal generated 240 whole yards of offense, turned the ball over twice (it could have been worse, as Northwestern dropped several easy picks), and got outrushed 225-85. They did, however, outpunt Northwestern, so congratulations.

Boise State and TCU each had scares against Washington and Minnesota respectively, but so far, #21 Stanford is the only ranked team to go down. Someone involved in the #20 Wisconsin - #3 Alabama game will join them this evening.

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Last week, on a nationally televised season preview show, Desmond Howard declared, unprompted, that he thought Stanford would win the national title. Sorry man.

Howard of course took it right in stride.

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