Stanford Football: What to Watch for When the Cardinal Host Oregon State

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Stanford Football: What to Watch for When the Cardinal Host Oregon State
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The No. 14 Stanford Cardinal (7-2, 5-1 Pac-12) will play host to the No. 11 Oregon State Beavers (7-1, 5-1 Pac-12) on Saturday in what will be a crucial game for both teams' Rose Bowl hopes.

Stanford is coming off a dominating 48-0 win against the Colorado Buffaloes. This was a match that really reinvigorated the Stanford football program (mostly for fans). We all saw what QB Kevin Hogan could do, and it made us all wonder if the Cardinal's two losses would have been any different if Hogan had started.

The Beavers travel to Stanford Stadium after defeating the Arizona State Sun Devils 36-26 last week. QB Cody Vaz was named the starter for that game after Sean Mannion's four interceptions against the Washington Huskies resulted in their first lost of the season.

This matchup will likely determine who will be the runner-up in the Pac-12 North. Assuming Oregon wins out and makes it to the National Championship, either Stanford or Oregon State can snag a Rose Bowl berth.

Here's what to watch for as the Cardinal take on the Beavers on Saturday (3:00 PM EST, FOX).

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