Last year, Oregon suffered their only loss when Stanford went into Autzen Stadium and beat them. Tonight, Oregon plans to roll into Palo Alto and return the favor. Oregon is currently ranked second and Stanford is ranked sixth. Heisman candidate Marcus Mariota has 2,281 passing yards with 20 touchdowns and an incredible zero interceptions. On top of that, he has rushed for 511 yards and nine touchdowns.
“I feel like this team, we should at least put up 40,” running back De’Anthony Thomas told GoDucks.com. That is perfect bulletin board material for Stanford. Thomas has missed four games but still has 369 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns. Another Oregon running back star is sophomore Byron Marshall who has 879 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns. Josh Huff and Bralon Addison each have 38 catches with 703 and 609 receiving yards respectively.
The Ducks average 301 passing yards, 332 rushing yards and 55.6 points per game. Their defense is stellar as well. Terrance Mitchell has four interceptions and Tony Washington has 7.5 sacks. The Ducks only allow 17 points per game which is the eighth best in the country.
Stanford on the other hand grinds out wins without flashy stats. Last year’s Rose Bowl MVP Kevin Hogan has 1,493 passing yards and 13 touchdowns. The power running of Tyler Gaffney is key. Gaffney has 886 rushing yards with 12 rushing touchdowns.
On defense Stanford is led by Trent Murphy who is third in the country with 9.5 sacks. They allow 19 points per game which is 19th best in the country.
I predict that Oregon dominates this game in every category and wins 55-10 to payback Stanford. If Oregon wins, they will most likely play in the national title game. It would be Stanford’s second loss, but they would still probably qualify for a BCS bowl game. If Stanford beats Oregon, most likely neither of them would play in the title game. Instead, one would play in the Rose Bowl and the other would play in either the Fiesta Bowl or the Orange Bowl. Regardless of who wins, the atmosphere should be crazy and if Oregon wins they will drive all of the Stanford fans crazy.
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