Stanford vs. Oregon Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Stanford vs. Oregon fearless prediction and game preview.
Stanford (4-2) vs. Oregon (4-2) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, October 14th
Game Time: 11:00 pm ET
Venue: Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CA
It’s not exactly a do-or-die moment in the Pac-12 chase for both teams, but it’s not far off.
Stanford still has to go to Washington State, and it still has to face Washington, but the rest of the conference slate isn’t all that bad. However, thanks to the loss at USC, go 3-2 in the Pac-12 and it’ll be a tough road to climb if the Huskies and Cougars keep winning.
The situation is tougher for Oregon. The loss of QB Justin Herbert is a problem for an offense that couldn’t go anywhere last week in a home loss to Washington State. Already at 1-2 in the Pac-12, another loss would be a deathblow.
This used to be one of the biggest games of the college football season, and it might be that again soon. But for now, it’s Bryce Love and Royce Freeman in a showcase of two of the best running backs in college football.
And it’s a showcase for the winner to stay alive.
One Reason Why Stanford Will Win
Give Washington State’s defense credit for getting the job done, but the Oregon O wasn’t the same with Braxton Burmeister at the helm.
The young star prospect threw for 145 yards with a touchdown and two picks, and didn’t run well enough to be any sort of a threat.
This wasn’t that hard. Force Burmeister to throw, lose up against Freeman, hold him to 62 yards, and the Oregon O didn’t go anywhere.
This is hardly a rock of a Stanford run defense – at least compared to the past. but it get to the quarterback. Force Burmeister to hurry, and the Ducks will be in big trouble.
One Reason Why Oregon Will Win
The defense continues to be surprisingly amazing on third downs.
For a program that hasn’t cared a whiff about controlling the clock or keeping the chains moving, the defense is doing its part, allowing teams to convert just 25% of their third down tries.
Stanford is solid on third downs, but it’s now going to have to deal with an Oregon run defense that has yet to allow more than 150 yards in a game. Defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt has his front line dialed in, doing a great job of making things happen behind the line.
As good as Love might be, the rest of the offense is just okay. Even if Love goes off, there will be several stalled Stanford drives, and a whole lot of big plays from the Cardinal D.
What’s Going To Happen
At home, and against a backup quarterback who still has to prove he can handle the work, the Stanford defense is going to look the part again.
This might be more of a slugfest than it might appear, and both running backs will have their problems at times. But Love will break through in the second half. With no passing game to help out, though, it’ll be a fight for the Cardinal to put this away.
Stanford vs. Oregon Prediction
Stanford 31, Oregon 20
Stanford -10, o/u: 55.5
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