Oregon vs Stanford

#3 Oregon Ducks vs. #5 Stanford Cardinals
Thursday, November 7th, 2013,
Time: 9:00 pm
TV Network: on ESPN
Game Line: Oregon -10.5 (from JustBet)
Over/Under: 60
Thursday Night NCAA Football Analysis: The #2 ranked Oregon Ducks roll into Palo Alto, California on Thursday night to take on the Stanford Cardinal in a PAC-12 contest with heavy BCS ramifications.

Oregon has been the same old Ducks this year, they steamroll every opponent they face. The Ducks, with their fast paced offense are averaging 78.1 plays per game with an average offensive output 59.2 points per game. Heisman candidate Marcus Mariota is completing 64% of his passes for 2281 yards and 20 touchdowns. Mariota is also a threat on the ground, with 551 yards rushing and averaging 9.1 yards per run. One of Mariota’s most impressive stats, zero interceptions. He makes smart decisions, makes good reads, and is very efficient. You would think that such a high scoring offense would have more yards through the air than on the ground. Not the case with this team, as they average 331 yards on the ground per game, and 300 yards per game through the air. Their defense is fast, and they are usually playing with a lead. The Ducks rank seventh in the country in scoring defense, allowing 16.9 points per game.

It’s been another successful season in Palo Alto as the Stanford Cardinal come into this matchup at 7-1. Their only loss came in Salt Lake City, Utah, as they were upset by the Utah Utes 27-21. It was a bad scheduling spot for Stanford, playing Washington the week before, and UCLA the week after. The Cardinal offensive attack is focused on the run. They are a ground and pound attack that averages 296 yards rushing per game. The defense is tough and physical as usual. It’s hard to run on Stanford, as they are allowing only 103 yards rushing per game. The physicality of this Stanford team is pretty evident, of all eight of their opponents this year, they are 2-6 combined the following week.


The last time these two teams met, Stanford ruined Oregon’s season dashing their BCS title hopes with a 17-14 overtime victory in Eugene. In the past two weeks the Stanford defense has shut down two of the top quarterbacks in the PAC-12. They limited Brett Hundley and the UCLA offense to 10 points, and held Shawn Mannion and the Oregon State offense to 12 points. Their base 3-4 gap plugging scheme gave Mariota fits last year.

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This time around however, both teams have had 10 days to prepare. It is pretty clear that Marcus Mariota’s decision making has improved significantly since the last time these two teams met. Oregon’s overall team speed and given the extra time to prepare is going to be too much for the Cardinal to handle. If the Ducks get a 2 touchdown lead and press the pace, it will be hard for Stanford to overcome. Keep in mind that Oregon was passed up by Florida State this week in the BCS rankings. Just like the Seminoles made a statement on Saturday, I look for the same from Oregon. I expect the Ducks to get revenge for last year’s defeat, and it will be a lot sweeter doing it on Stanford’s home turf.

Oregon vs. Stanford Free NCAA Football Picks: Oregon -10.5 & Over 60 JustBet
Free Oregon vs. Stanford Final Score Prediction: Oregon 44 Stanford 21 JustBet


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