Friday, November 06, 2009

Stanford Hosts #7 Oregon

"Is there no one else!? Is there NO ONE else!?"

After pummeling the mighty Trojans last weekend, it seems as if the Ducks have finally quieted even the staunchest doubters. Just like the epic warrior Achilles, Jeremiah Masoli was the main man responsible for burning the Trojans' season to the ground. This weekend he must lead his Ducks on the road to try to knock off a Stanford team that is well rested and unbeaten at home this season.

Stanford Cardinal (5-3, 4-2 Pac-10) return to action this Saturday against the 7th-ranked Oregon Ducks (7-1, 5-0 Pac-10) at Stanford Stadium/Foster Field (50,000). Stanford is unbeaten at home this season and have won eight of its last nine home games dating back to the final game of the 2007 season. In a series that dates back to 1900, Stanford leads the all-time series with Oregon, 43-28-1. However, the Ducks have won seven straight and eight out of the last nine games in the series dating back to 1998, including last year’s game in the Eugene, 35-28.

The Oregon Ducks current seven-game winning streak is the second longest by either team in the series since Stanford won 11 games from 1900-29. Stanford’s last win in the series came in 2001, when the Cardinal upset fifth-ranked Oregon, 49-42 in Eugene, handing the Ducks their only loss of the season. The Cardinal had the upper hand in the series from 1964-97, posting a 23-8 record, which included a pair of five-game winning streaks (1967-71; 1973-77).

My prediction: Oregon 42, Stanford 6

Go Ducks!

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