Most teams that are unsettled at quarterback this late in the season are unranked, are no longer in control in their conference championship race or are out of contention for a BCS bowl game.
And then there's Stanford and Oregon State.
In the biggest game for both programs so far this season, Kevin Hogan will make his first start at quarterback for the No. 16 Cardinal against newcomer Cody Vaz and the No. 13 Beavers on Saturday at Stanford Stadium. The winner will keep alive its chance to upset second-ranked Oregon and represent the North Division in the Pac-12 title game.
''Usually, you're in these positions because your quarterback is playing well,'' Stanford coach David Shaw said. ''But I think both teams also have to do what's necessary to help their teams win.''
Such is the case on The Farm this week.
Hogan, a strong-armed and fast-footed redshirt freshman, had increasingly been inserted over the previous four games on read-option packages until relieving inconsistent star...