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No. 6 Stanford's win over No. 2 Oregon likely puts Pac-12 out of BCS championship game again

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    Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan (8) celebrates with fullback Ryan Hewitt (85), tight end Charlie Hopkins (obscured) and guard David Yankey (54) after running for an 11-yard touchdown against Oregon during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (The Associated Press)

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    Stanford running back Tyler Gaffney leaps over Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (14) during the second half of an NCAA college football game on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, in Stanford, Calif. Stanford won 26-20. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (The Associated Press)

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    Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota fumbles near the goal line while pressured by Stanford linebacker James Vaughters during the second half of an NCAA college football game on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, in Stanford, Calif. Oregon would recover the ball on the play. Stanford won 26-20. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (The Associated Press)

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    Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich, left, claps his hands during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Stanford in Stanford, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (The Associated Press)

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    Stanford running back Tyler Gaffney, left, runs against Oregon linebacker Rodney Hardrick (48) during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (The Associated Press)

The Pac-12 has been fighting with the SEC for years to be considered the nation's toughest conference. That might finally be the case this season — though to the Pac-12's detriment.

In the aftermath of No. 6 Stanford's 26-20 victory over No. 2 Oregon on Thursday night, the league is left without an undefeated team and once again searching for a way to crack the BCS championship game.

Stanford and Oregon have been among the nation's best programs the past four seasons. But the depth of the conference is finally starting to catch up, turning the league into what the SEC has been for so many years: a two-month fight that nobody survives unscathed.