Cardinal (8-0) vs Beavers (2-6)
Stanford is on track to play in the first Pac 12 title game and they are looking forward to next week’s HUGE game facing Oregon, but they cannot take this Oregon State game lightly and if they do it may bite them in the ass.
OSU is only 2-6, but they have won 2 of their last 4 games and they are home this Saturday.
Still, is there any way they have a chance to stop Andrew Luck and Stanford, who has the nation’s 3rd highest scoring team? I would say no.
One big thing the Beavers have going against them in this game, just one of a few, is the fact that as of Wednesday there is a 70% chance of rain for this game.
In the rain the rushing attack is more important and while Stanford is legit running the ball OSU only ranks 108th in the nation in rushing yards per game.
OSU QB Sean Mannion won the Pac 10 Offensive Player of the Week a couple weeks back after a stellar game against Washington State and then last week had 3 picks in a loss to Utah.
Yeah, not good.
He may have to do it all not only because the Beavers do not have much of a running game, but also because Stanford only ranks 88th in the nation defending the pass as opposed to 6th defending the run.
It is interesting that with all Luck has accomplished he has yet to win in the state of Oregon.
Last season in Palo Alto the Cardinal crushed the Beavers 38-0.
Luck is coming off a great OT win last week vs. USC, but 2 seasons ago at Oregon State he was terrible.
That will not happen this week since Stanford has the nation’s 20th ranked passing offense while the Beavers only rank 59th in the nation defending the pass.
While Luck is getting all the accolades this season for the Cardinal the Beavers may need to fear the run more.
Stanford RB Stepfan Taylor has rushed for over 300 yards in his last 3 games and they will be facing an OSU rushing defense that gave up 225 rushing yards in the 27-8 loss to Utah last week.
OSU does not have much going for them in this game, but they are at home and have a decent passing offense, I don’t think it will be close to enough to deal with a Stanford team that is a legit National Championship contender.