Stanford Has Great Chance to Go 2-0 This Week in Pac-10 Play

D WizzleSenior Analyst IJanuary 22, 2009

After an emotional win last Saturday night against Cal, Stanford will take on Oregon on Thursday night and Oregon State on Saturday night.

The Cardinal have a great chance to sweep the Oregon schools because they are playing at home and the Oregon schools are at the bottom of the Pac-10 standings.

The Oregon schools are a combined 1-11 in Pac-10 play. Oregon is 0-6 and Oregon State is 1-5 in the conference.

The reason these two teams are struggling is because both teams play a lot of underclassmen. Oregon lost three starters to graduation after last season.

This is a rebuilding season for Ernie Kent's team. The team is filled with freshmen and sophomores who are very inexperienced.

The Beavers are also playing a lot of underclassmen as well. President Obama's brother-in-law, Craig Robinson, is in his first year as Oregon State's coach.

The Cardinal must take care of the Oregon schools this week and get the sweep if they want to be considered contenders in the Pac-10 and want to move up in the standings.

They are currently in seventh place, and the two teams right above them in the standings, Washington State and USC, play against each other this Saturday.

The Cardinal will be heavy favorites to win both games, and they should dominate the Oregon teams. If the Cardinal lose at home to either of these squads, it will be a major disappointment to all Cardinal fans.