The No. 2 Oregon Ducks are in route to a National Championship game birth, but there is still some work left to be done. The No. 13 Stanford Cardinal will be traveling to Eugene, Oregon, and they will have hopes of playing spoiler on their mind all week. Autzen Stadium will be rocking, and this game is on national TV. Pair that with Heisman potential, tons of scoring, and championship implications, and that makes this game must-see TV.
The Cardinal are 8-2 and have arguably been one of the top ten teams in the nation throughout the year. They did slip up with a loss to the Washington Huskies back in week four, but since, they have beat the USC Trojans, lost an overtime game to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish that they should have won, and also handled the bottom feeders of the Pac 12.
Although Stanford loves and tends to win big games like these over the recent years, the Ducks will not be denied access to the end-zone Saturday night. They have too much fire power on offense.
You see the Duck’s mascot in the picture above? He is there because he is a beast. Why is he a beast? Well, he pumps out hundreds of pushups ever week when the Oregon Ducks score touchdowns. They score several touchdowns. In return, this mascot does several pushups.
Ducks running-back Kenjon Barner is a legitimate Heisman candidate. With nearly a 7 yards-per-carry average, 1360 yards, and 20 total touchdowns, Barner is easily the lead running-back in the campaign.
He crushed the USC Trojans for 321 yards and 5 touchdowns on the ground, and will get another chance to impress the country this Saturday night.
Aside from Barner and fellow running-back De’Anthony Thomas, freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota has been another pivotal part to this offensive machine.
This kid is mature, athletic, big, and knows that all he has to do is get the ball in the hands of his play-makers.
The Hawaii native has 516 rushing yards, 2164 passing yards and 31 total touchdowns. It is scary to think that this 6’4, 195 pound kid is only a freshman.
For the Cardinal to have a shot in the one, they must get a big game out of senior running-back Stepfan Taylor.
Taylor will touch the rock early and often for Stanford. Not only does he need to pound the rock successfully to help put points on the board, he needs to keep that Oregon juggernaut of an offense off the field.
Success from Taylor will be everything in this Pac 12 showdown. On the year, Taylor has 1061 rushing yards with 11 touchdowns. He must be a workhouse this Saturday night.
It’s unlikely that the Cardinal leave Eugene, Oregon with a win, but if they do, they could leap into the top ten in the BCS Rankings. However, Oregon knows that winning in style is important, so expect Chip Kelly and his squad to bring the pain.