As Stanford heads north this weekend to take on Oregon State, the stakes seem high. The Cardinal appear to have overcome their slow start and are once again in the AP top 25, currently sitting at No. 21. Yet as the status of Kevin Hogan remains in doubt and the Beavers look to upset Stanford…
Stanford is riding a four-game winning streak against USC as it enters this weekend’s matchup with its SoCal rival, marking the most consecutive games the Cardinal has ever won against the Trojans. Each of Stanford’s last three wins, however, has been decided by a very close margin. USC has been playing much better football since the firing of head coach Lane Kiffin, and with College GameDay on hand, many are dubbing this a trap game for the No. 4 Card, as it opened as just a three-point favorite. We asked football writers Winston Shi, David Cohn and Do-Hyoung Park: Could this be the year that the Trojans get revenge?
When No. 6 Stanford (6-1, 4-1 Pac-12) and No. 25 Oregon State (6-1, 4-0) clash in Corvallis on Saturday, Kevin Hogan and Sean Mannion will each be trying to firmly establish their teams as the top challenger to the No. 3 Oregon Ducks in the Pac-12 North.
Let me preface this preview with a caveat: No one, including myself, truly knows how good this Oregon State team is right now.
In advance of Saturday’s football game between Stanford and Oregon State, The Daily’s Winston Shi chatted with Andrew Kilstrom of The Daily Barometer, Oregon State’s student newspaper, to get perspective from both camps. Below is a partial transcript of their conversation.
On a chilly, rainy day in Corvallis, Ore. around this time last year, Andrew Luck didn’t need to be in his usual flawless form for Stanford to drop lowly Oregon State 38-13. It might have been a trap game for the Cardinal, but it was the Beavers who were left trapped when the four quarters…
Stanford’s football team has arrived at Murder’s Row. Oregon State, Oregon and UCLA, the last three opponents of the regular season, are a combined 15-3 in conference and 23-3 overall. That’s a tiny bit better than Stanford’s previous two opponents, Washington State and Colorado, who had one win combined, and that was only because they had to play each other.