Stanford vs. Oregon: Setting the Stage
No. 14 Stanford (8-2, 6-1 Pac-12) at No. 1 Oregon (10-0, 7-0 Pac-12), 8 p.m. (ABC)
Line: Oregon by 20 1/2.
Series Record: 44-30-1.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
With a victory, Stanford would likely spoil Oregon's shot at the national championship, much like the Ducks did last season when they visited Stanford Stadium and beat the then-No. 3 Cardinal and star QB Andrew Luck 53-30. A victory could also put Stanford in the Pac-12 championship game, if the Ducks also lose to Oregon State in the annual Civil War rivalry game next week.
Oregon's speedy ground game against Stanford's rushing defense. Oregon's run offense is ranked third in the nation with an average of 325 yards a game. Senior RB Kenjon Barner is fourth in the nation with 136 yards a game. But Stanford is allowing opponents 58.6 yards a game, best in the country. The Cardinal have held the last four opponents under 100 yards rushing.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Stanford: RB Stepfan Taylor is 202 yards shy of breaking Darrin Nelson's school record of 4,033 yards for his career. Taylor's single-game career-high is 189 yards against Cal this season. If he doesn't reach the mark against Oregon, he'll have another chance when Stanford plays at UCLA to wrap up the regular season.
Oregon: Barner. In addition to his 136 yards rushing per game, Barner is tied for third nationally with an average of 12 points per game, and has an average of nearly 158 all-purpose yards per game.
FACTS & FIGURES
The Cardinal also top the nation with an average of 4.3 sacks and 9.1 tackles for loss per game. ... The Ducks have scored 42 or more points in 13 straight games, and they've won all of those games for the longest current winning streak in the nation. Additionally, Oregon has scored 30 or more points in an NCAA-record 23 straight games. ... Stanford redshirt freshman quarterback Kevin Hogan is making just his second start and first on the road. ... The Ducks have won nine of the last 10 games against the Cardinal. ... Oregon redshirt freshman QB Marcus Mariota has thrown 28 touchdown passes this season, breaking the Pac-12 record for a freshman set by Arizona's Ortege Jenkins, who had 19 in 1997.