What we learned: Week 11

Here are a few lessons learned from Stanford’s 26-20 upset of Oregon.

Derek Mason will be a head coach: In consecutive games against Oregon, Stanford’s defensive coordinator has limited the Ducks offense to a total of four touchdowns. At times, the Ducks have needed just a quarter to find the end zone that many times which make what Mason has done more impressive. Credit to the players too, but Mason's been masterful. It's been assumed that Mason's time as a head coach was coming, but Thursday's performance might have helped speed up the process.

Atmosphere at Stanford Stadium can be electric: Despite the massive overhaul to Stanford Stadium in 2006 and the Cardinal's resurgence, the game day atmosphere never seemed to keep pace. That wasn't the case against Oregon. Stanford Stadium was as lively as it has been in years, somewhat debunking the myth that the Bay Area doesn't care for its college football.

A fourth-straight BCS bowl looks promising: Now that Stanford has retaken the driver's seat in the Pac-12 North, the path to a fourth-straight BCS bowl is clear. Two major hurdles remain: at USC next week, then the Pac-12 Championship. If Stanford clears them -- which it should with room to spare if it plays like it has the last three weeks -- it'll likely mean another trip to Pasadena.