With just about everything on the line, three-touchdown underdog No. 13 Stanford (8-2, 6-1 Pac-12) hopes to knock off No. 2 Oregon (10-0, 7-0) tomorrow night. As if the game didn’t have enough of a David-Goliath feel to it, the Cardinal will have to pull off the upset in Autzen, where the crowd noise can grow so loud that the pellets on the turf start to shake.
Oregon opened as a 24-point favorite on the basis of perhaps the most efficient offense in the last 20 years (this is where Baylor fans and RGIII cry fowl). Without question, the Ducks should win this game on paper.
At the moment, my conflict centers around the unfortunate truth that the Oregon Ducks football team is the greatest show on turf since “The Greatest Show on Turf.” Chip Kelly has assembled a team of athletic freaks who race up and down the field at an unbelievable clip, and then someone let him recruit a quarterback who can actually throw the ball. Bullocks.
As thousands left Stanford Stadium dejectedly following the Cardinal’s loss to Oregon on Saturday night, a fortunate few detoured to Ford Plaza for an exclusive concert featuring Maroon 5.
With one of the biggest football games in Stanford history upon us, we asked Patrick Malee of Oregon’s The Daily Emerald and Jack Blanchat of The Daily to tell us what might happen if their worst fears are realized on Saturday night.
In its most important game since the 2000 Rose Bowl, the No. 9 Stanford football team will travel to Eugene, Ore., this weekend to take on No. 4 Oregon. The game is receiving national recognition and is being billed in some corners as the de-facto Pac-10 championship game.