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Posted by on November 13th, 2011 in blog, CFF Features, Craig Blaser | 3 Comments

Despite the despicable news out of Happy Valley that has dominated coverage in the newspapers, on talk radio and sporting networks around the nation this week, there is actually going to be some tremendous football games this weekend. Without question, the headliner is No. 6 Oregon at No. 3 Stanford.


The unbeaten Cardinal are looking to stay that way and catapult the Crimson Tide in the BCS rankings by knocking off Oregon Tonight. Just a win will not get Stanford passed neither Alabama nor Oklahoma State in the standings, they will need some style points. This game has serious PAC12 title and BCS title implications. If you like defense, you should probably watch something else because if history tells us anything about this matchup, then look for some fireworks. The previous two clashes between the schools were absolute shootouts. Last year, it was the Ducks getting the best of Stanford 52 to 31 while Luck edged OU in 2009, 51 to 42. Both offenses are explosive and should cause for some headaches for each other’s D’s. 


Oregon’s youth in the secondary has come miles since the season opener against the Nation’s top ranked LSU Tigers; but how will they hold up against Luck? Stanford’s defense is solid against the run; but how will they hold up against LaMichael James? I believe the game will be determined by Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas, and whether or not he can deliver that breakout performance that everyone is waiting for. I have a feeling that tonight will be that night.  













Stanford advantage: Of course Andrew Luck is an advantage, but Stanford’s running game is averaging 6.1 yds per carry and just might be the difference in the ball game. Rushing production on the season nearly mirror Luck’s passing numbers. History: Oregon has never beaten a top 5 team on the road. Stanford’s defense is ranked #3 in the nation against the run.


Oregon advantage: Rushing attact: LaMichael James has over a thousand yards, 13 tds, and is averaging 8.0 yds per carry in 2011. Kenjon Barner and De’Anthony Thomas can tote the rock as well. They’re streaky: Oregon owns the nation’s 2nd longest conference winning streak at 18 (Last loss being at Palo Alto). The Ducks will also enjoy the luxury of not having to face Stanford’s Shayne Skov out for the season, safety Delano Howell sidelined with a hand injury, as well as two top receivers, Chris Owusu and Zack Ertz, out for this game. Stanford’s defense is ranked 87th in the nation against the pass; daring Ducks QB Darron Thomas to throw it.  











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Oregon upsets the #3 Cardinal and once again swing open the door that has been slammed in Boise State’s face for quite some time.


2 Comments for this entry

  1. BB says:

    Nice call on this one CB. Now I need you to validate my suspicions that November 25 may feature a major league shake-up when the Hogs invade Baton Rouge from the north. Or, tell me I’m crazy like most would say and you’ll probably be right.

  2. CB says:

    Well, I was right about the game, but much to the delight of the BCS honks, I was wrong about Boise State getting another look at it.

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