Oregon (6-3, 4-2) at Stanford (8-1, 7-0)
When: Saturday, November 14th 2015
Where: Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CA
Time: 7:30 ET | TV: FOX
The Oregon Ducks are quietly playing some good football again and are peaking just in time for a date with Stanford. Oregon has won three straight since getting quarterback Vernon Adams, Jr. back in the lineup. The transfer senior has thrown for 887 yards and 10 touchdowns during the Ducks’ three-game win streak. Wide receiver Darren Carrington made his season debut when Adams came back after sitting out the first six games due to suspension. Carrington has caught 14 passes for 344 yards in his first three games, and the offensive line turned in its best outing last week as Adams, Royce Freeman, Tony Brooks-James, Taj Griffin and Kani Benoit combined for 475 yards rushing. Oregon still has a shot at the Pac 12 North title, but must win out and hope Stanford loses against California. Still, things are looking better in Eugene and the Ducks would like to finish strong heading into the offseason.
Stanford is playing as well as anyone right now, winning eight straight after losing their opener at Northwestern. Stanford can clinch the Pac-12 North and keep its playoff hopes alive with a win tonight. They are now ranked 7th in the latest CFP rankings and still play another team ahead of them in Notre Dame. Running back and Heisman Trophy candidate Christian McCaffrey leads the nation in all-purpose yards with an average of 241.6 a game. Quarterback Kevin Hogan struggled in last season’s 45-16 loss to Oregon with 237 passing yards and one interception, but he enters Saturday’s game on a high note with a pair of touchdown passes against Colorado and 152 rushing yards in the last two games. Stanford ranks 30th nationally in scoring defense at 20.2 points and is led by linebacker Blake Martinez, who leads the Pac-12 in tackles at 10.4 a game. Stanford is 4-0 at home this year and 28-3 under coach David Shaw.
I like the way Oregon’s offense is clicking right now and Stanford has a lot of pressure on them to win out. The spread is a little high for me. Stanford wins, but Oregon covers.
Pick: Oregon +9.5