Oregon (8-1) at Stanford (9-0)
Well THE big game is here baby, as we have all been waiting for this match for the last several weeks. This game has HUGE BCS implications, as the loser may be out of the BCS picture.
Stanford got a little bit, or maybe a big bit, of the shaft when the rankings came out this week, as even though Alabama lost to LSU the Tide stayed ahead of the undefeated Cardinal in the BCS rankings.
Even with all the press Andrew Luck has got this season the big match up in this game may be Oregon’s 5th ranked rushing offense facing Stanford’s 3rd ranked rushing defense.
Last season in Oregon the Ducks scored 52 points in a Ducks’ win and if that happens against Luck will have to light up the scoreboard for the Cardinal to stay out of the loss column.
Luck, a solid WR corps, and one of the best TE’s in the nation in Griff Whalen (36 rec 534 yards 2 TD) will be a major test for the Ducks and their 71st ranked pass defense.
Luck is not the whole offense to say the least, as the Cardinal rank 17th in the nation in rushing yards per game.
Lead back Stepfan Taylor and the rushing offense for Stanford have been racking up yards on the ground in the last few games and if that trend continues a W may be in the cards.
While the Ducks have had their issues on D this season they played great last week in keeping Washington QB Kevin Price and RB Chris Polk in check.
The Ducks do rank 3rd in the nation in sacks, but Stanford has given up the fewest sacks in the nation all season. Something has got to give in this game.
Oregon vs. Stanford Week 11 Prediction
Stop the run, stop the run, and stop the run. Can you guess what the main goal of the Cardinal defense is in this game? James and fellow Oregon RB Kenjon Barner have combined to rush for over 1,600 yards this season and if they are held in check the Ducks will likely suffer their 2nd loss of the season.
Stanford only ranks 88th in the nation defending the pass so Ducks’ QB Darron Thomas may air it out more in this game, but the Ducks will still have to run the ball well to win.
This one is a toss-up in my opinion, but I think this is Stanford’s season, as I see them winning and staying in the BCS title conversation.