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The first top 25 team of 2015 falls at Northwestern
EVANSTON, IL - SEPTEMBER 5: Deonte Gibson #13 of the Northwestern Wildcats celebrates after a tackle for loss against the Stanford Cardinal in the first half at Ryan Field on September 5, 2015 in Evanston, Illinois. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

We have our first major upset of the 2015 college football season, as Northwestern was able to defeat No. 21 Stanford 16-6 on Saturday afternoon.

The Stanford offense was absolutely abysmal, with the Cardinal only managing 240 total yards, including just 85 yards on the ground. Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan looked equally “meh”, with a stat line of 20-for-35 throwing for just 155 yards and a touchdown.

Stanford had a chance late and was attempting to drive down the field, but it was just terrible to watch the Cardinal try to run a hurry-up offense. I could keep going on about how terrible Stanford’s offense was, but they scored just six points; that should get the point across well enough.

Stanford became the first AP preseason top 25 team to fall in 2015 and this definitely hurts the perception that Stanford could be a dark horse for the Pac 12. Obviously this game doesn’t affect Pac 12 standings, but it is not a good indictment for Stanford’s offense to have played this poorly. There’s also this…

Ooof.

Enough Stanford bashing; shout out to Pat Fitzgerald and Northwestern for pulling off the big victory.

Bo was born in Atlanta, GA, and has always been a savvy sports follower. He attended Georgia Tech and has previously worked with ESPN TrueHoop, HawksHoop, and the Georgia Tech Newsroom. He covers national college football for FanBuzz.
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