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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.
"We have to sign somebody," he joked.
Slowing down Mariota will be the top priority when sixth-ranked Stanford (7-1, 5-1 Pac-12) hosts No. 2 Oregon (8-0, 5-0) on Thursday night in a matchup of the winners of the past four conference championships.
In 21 starts, the Heisman Trophy hopeful has put up video game-like numbers against nearly every team he's faced. That is, except for Stanford.
The Cardinal handed Mariota the only loss of his career last season, 17-14 in overtime in Eugene. Stanford's victory ended then-No. 1 Oregon's three-year run as conference champion and dashed the Ducks' national championship dreams -...
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Heisman Trophy campaigns may be fed in September when star players feast on less-than-impressive non-conference competition, but true contenders often don’t start to shine until conference play in October and November. That was the case for last year’s winner, Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel, and former Baylor star signal-caller Robert Griffin III in 2011. Photo Via BCSKnowHow...
The No. 3 Oregon Ducks have put their undefeated record on the line before, but never like this.
The top team in the Pac-12 will get a chance Thursday night to prove that they deserve their 11-5 odds of winning the BCS National Championship by taking care of the No. 5 Stanford Cardinal on the road.
The Cardinal, it’s important not to forget, are one mere October slip-up away from...
(Eds: Updates with quotes, details. With AP Photos.) By ANTONIO GONZALEZ AP Sports Writer 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...
Over the last few weeks, the Heisman race has become a two man battle with Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston nose to nose with 2012 winner Johnny Manziel sitting in their rear view mirror. Winston took to the main stage this weekend against rival Miami while Mariota had the weekend off to prepare for Oregon's upcoming battle against Stanford. How would that impact our weekly...
The ferocious cries filling Stanford Stadium Thursday night will be the background music to what will likely be Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota’s biggest game of his career. The unbeaten Ducks must head into Cardinal territory for a game set to determine Oregon’s National title hopes, and ultimately decide Mariota’s Heisman chances.
The Hawaii native exploded into the...
We don't have any changes at the top after the Ducks stayed home in Week 10, but with HUGE games on the docket for Oregon, Alabama and Baylor look for a big shake-up when the Week 12 ballot drops.
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1. MARCUS MARIOTA, QB, OREGON: Mariota threw as many picks during the Ducks bye week as he did during the rest of the season. We don't have...
— This Thursday marks a huge contest as the No. 3 Oregon Ducks (8-0, 5-0 Pac-12) travel to Palo Alto to challenge the No. 5 Stanford Cardinals (7-1, 5-1 Pac-12) in one of the biggest conference clashes in recent memory. As Oregon has gone above and beyond impressing fans around the country, with a high octane attack and Heisman contending QB Marcus Mariota, Thursday will be the...
Thursday night the biggest college football game of the season, to this point, will finally be upon us. The No. 3 Oregon Ducks travel to Stanford to take on the No. 5 Stanford Cardinal. This game has been highlighted and anticipated dating back to the summer months leading up to this college football season. The Ducks and Cardinal both were pointed out as serious national title contenders...
Football is often described as a chess game, but it's more like the violent chess game in "Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone" where the pieces are trying to kill each other.
Athletic, disciplined and intelligent, the Stanford defensive front seven has a plan for stopping Oregon's patented zone read. They "slow-play" the option, making the quarterback...
Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston, Johnny Manziel: Three quarterbacks, two with National Title hopes and all with one goal in mind – to win the Heisman Trophy.This weekend may just separate one of them from the pack.There are only three choices to choose from. Everyone else has eliminated themselves (Tajh Boyd, Teddy Bridgewater) or the team has done them in (Georgia, Aaron Murray...
For almost a year, Louisville’ Teddy Bridgewater has been projected to be the first quarterback taken in the 2013 NFL Draft. As the season has went on, Bridgewater’s Heisman chances seem to have dwindled off and in recent weeks some have speculated that he may not be as good of an NFL prospect as initially thought.
If you’ve watched Bridgewater in the last two games, then you...
Kirk Herbstreit did it again. On the BCS Show yesterday on ESPN, he referred to Thursday's game with Stanford as "Oregon's first real test."
A variety of analysts have been making similar insipid statements throughout the season. First a road game against the ACC was the first real test, then Tennessee's SEC-sized offensive and defensive lines were...
You could say this date has been circled on the calendar for a little while. On Thursday, November 7th, 2013, Oregon plays Stanford.
I think the Ducks should play angry. Hell, I think the Ducks should be angry.
Oregon should have won its first national championship last year. There’s absolutely no doubt.
If the Ducks didn’t lose to Stanford last year, undefeated Oregon...
Comparing Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston statistically (stats from espn.com):
At the beginning of Fall Camp this was the game everyone circled. Oregon at Stanford. The rematch of the Ducks' only loss last season, an imperfect storm of a game where The Cardinal played well and the Ducks were uncharacteristically flat, out of synch and tight, making critical errors and taking the short end of every bounce and bobble. Stanford played a physical game and the...