Stanford vs. Oregon fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 22
Game Time: 8:00 ET
Venue: Autzen Stadium, Eugene, OR
Stanford (3-0) vs. Oregon (3-0) Game Preview
One Reason Why Stanford Will Win
When was the last time the Oregon program beat a decent team?
This year’s version is rolling, but it played Bowling Green, Portland State, and San Jose State. You and a few close friends could take down those three.
Does beating Wyoming last year count as a good win? How about the victory over Utah or the win over Arizona? That’s fine, but none of those teams did much of anything overall.
This year’s team might be humming, but it hasn’t faced anyone with any semblance of a run defense – being ranked ninth in the nation in run D is meaningless.
And it hasn’t faced anyone with a defense, either.
San Diego State and USC are at least restaurant quality programs, and neither one could get the ground game going against the terrific Cardinal defense. So far, Stanford has faced two good teams – and UC Davis – allowing a grand total of 23 points.
The Oregon offense doesn’t get to play San Jose State this week.
One Reason Why Oregon Will Win
Yeah, Stanford is unbeaten, and the defense is great, but the running game isn’t there. Bryce Love didn’t play against UC Davis – whatever; run for more than 50 yards, Stanford.
USC and San Diego State have good run defenses, but with this line and that group of running backs, coming up with 264 yards on the ground in the two games isn’t okay.
Yeah, the Ducks haven’t played a real team with a real running game, but the defense is the real deal. The pass rush is there, the speed is in place, and the ability is there to keep the Cardinal running game woes going.
On the other side, Stanford has yet to face a scary passing game yet, and now it has to deal with the most efficient air attack in the Pac-12. This has to be Justin Herbert’s big moment – he was out for last year’s 49-7 loss.
What’s Going To Happen
Is Oregon for real, or have these blowouts against bad teams been fun exercises that will expose a slew of problems?
Both of these teams are a bit overloved, but at least Stanford has a resume.
Love will get all of the attention – as always – for the Cardinal, and Herbert will be the marquee name, but KJ Costello will be the star. The Stanford quarterback will outduel the big-time pro prospect – Herbert will give up two picks – with a more effective and efficient game.
And Love will hit the 100-yard mark after tearing through the Ducks for 147 yards and two scores in last year’s blowout.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Stanford 31, Oregon 24
Line: Stanford -1.5, o/u: 56
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Must See Rating: 4
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