Pac-12 in playoff dark. But attention, Irish: Don't sleep on Stanford.

I’ll admit it. I only made it through the first half of Washington-Stanford.

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What do you expect when the JV game is a truck race?

And honestly, at halftime, it looked to me like the Cardinal, trailing 14-10, was simply prolonging the inevitable. Especially because Bryce Love aggravated his ankle injury, even if he did return.

So imagine my surprise when I woke up to find out Stanford had taken the bite out of the Huskies 30-22.

Some quick takeaways from a Midwestern man:

--Not only is the Pac-12 out of the College Football Playoff hunt. There should be no griping.[membership level="0"] The rest of this article is available to subscribers only - to become a subscriber click here.[/membership] [membership]

--I sort of wish I’d turned on the DVR—to get the full Love effect. But the highlights showed enough. After 166 yards and three TDs, most of it in a clutch second half, he’s still on my Heisman radar.

--In the first half, I didn’t see anything that should have made my Notre Dame-fan friends fret.

When all was said and done, though, the Irish should be very respectful.

--My friend from Chino Hills—the one who has three sons, none of whom are in the NBA—always seems skeptical of David Shaw. Whenever I look, though, I’m not.

The running back is pretty good. The Cardinal is (are?) pretty good at popping the ball downfield. And the defense can make plays.

--It’s a shame the Pac-12 can’t figure out how to kick off its games before 9:30 in the Midwest. Because, you know, we’re tired from shoveling the season’s first snow. (Well, maybe not tired. It was only an inch. But depressed.)[/membership]