Pac-10 Game of the Week: Oregon vs. Stanford
Oregon (#4) vs. Stanford (#9)
Saturday, October 2 at 5:00 p.m. PT / Eugene, Ore.
Television: ABC / Internet: ESPN3.com
Players to Watch
>> QB Andrew Luck - Junior: Strong-armed Heisman Trophy candidate has 11 TDs with only 2 INT's this season.
>> RB Stepfan Taylor - Sophomore: The quick and shifty scat back is leading the Cardinal in rushing.
>> WR Doug Baldwin - Senior: Vertical threat has three TDs on the year.
>> LB Thomas Keiser - Junior: Active and intense defender must help stop the Ducks zone option scheme.
>> LB Chase Thomas - Junior: Motor never stops for this productive pass rusher.
>> CB Richard Sherman - Senior: Tall and rangy corner must help to shut down Ducks passing game.
>> RB LaMichael James - Sophomore: The elusive and versatile runner is a vital cog for the explosive Ducks.
>> QB Darron Thomas - Sophomore: This dual-threat player makes everyone around him better.
>> WR Jeff Maehl - Senior: The sure handed receiver leads the Ducks with three TDs.
>> TE David Paulson - Junior: Unsung TE has made big plays in the pass game.
>> FS John Boyett - Sophomore: Big play defender is having an All-Pac-10 season.
>> DT Brandon Bair - Senior: This 275 pound NFL prospect already has 3 sacks and 8.5 TFL's after four games.
This nationally televised battle of Pac-10 unbeatens will be a huge early test for both squads. Stanford QB Andrew Luck is always difficult to stop, and with his ability to run, Oregon will have to be very careful with its blitz packages. The Ducks zone read offense is difficult to contain and opens running lanes for the shifty LaMichael James (read our scouting report on James) to explode through. The always-loud Autzen Stadium crowd will be a big test for the Stanford offense while giving Oregon the definite home field advantage in this game.