Almost every week, Stanford coach David Shaw delegates a backup quarterback to the scout team in practice who can best simulate the upcoming opponent.
Not this week.
Shaw's search for somebody on the roster to mimic Marcus Mariota and Oregon's up-tempo offense was deemed a lost cause. There's nobody who could even come close.
Oregon coach Mark Helfrich and Stanford's David Shaw shared some laughs when they met for the first time this offseason during an annual Pac-12 Conference meeting. Although they had never talked before, the similar circumstances that brought them together made them feel like they had known each other for years.
The matchup between Oregon and Stanford the past three seasons has been billed as the biggest game of the year on the West Coast, a de facto Pac-12 title game and national semifinal.
Tom Ward and Collin Harmon are joined by former Oregon State wide receiver Seth Trimmer on this week's edition of Inside the Pac.
Tom Ward and Collin Harmon are joined by former Oregon offensive lineman Todd Kaanapu on this week's edition of Inside the Pac.
The KVAL Sports team serves up predictions for a big double-dip of games in the Willamette Valley.
The No. 12 Bruins, coming off a disheartening loss to Stanford, have a chance for redemption — in a big way — against the No. 2 Oregon Ducks this Saturday.
But the Bruins (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12) face a considerable challenge in Oregon (7-0, 4-0), which is favored by more than three touchdowns. UCLA has not won at Autzen Stadium since 2004, and the team hasn't defeated the Ducks since a 16-0 blanking in 2007.
The Oregon State Beavers have a history of pulling off unlikely upsets at home in the past decade.
They beat then-No. 3 USC in 2006 and the top-ranked Trojans in 2008. Even last season, they downed No. 13 Wisconsin at Reser Stadium.
Tom Ward and Collin Harmon are joined by former Oregon wide receiver Marshaun Tucker on this week's edition of Inside the Pac.
The KVAL Sports team serves up predictions for 2nd ranked Oregon's home game vs. Washington State, and Oregon State's visit to Berkeley against California.
Nebraska has delayed games against Tennessee for a decade but found a substitute opponent in the University of Oregon.
Tom Ward and Collin Harmon are joined by Kevin Leonard on this week's edition of Inside the Pac.
The KVAL Sports team serves up predictions for 2nd ranked Oregon at number 16 Washington, and Oregon State at Washington State
The Oregon Ducks have owned their rivalry with Washington over the last decade. The team has won nine straight against its neighbors to the north. The Ducks are not getting caught up with the rivalry hype as they take a 5-0 record to Seattle.
Oregon State sophomore running back Storm Woods is returning from a concussion this week.