Stanford visits Oregon on Saturday for a game that has major ramifications for both teams. The winner will likely be rewarded with a trip to the Pac-12 Championship Game, while the loser could still slide into a BCS bowl game.
The No. 13 Stanford Cardinal are fresh off a tight win over Oregon State. They will provide a tough test for the Ducks, ranked second in the latest BCS rankings.
Oregon has won nine of the last 10 games in the series, including the last two games in dominant fashion. This will be the best test of Oregon's strength in conference play.
When: Saturday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. ET
Where: Autzen Stadium, Eugene, OR
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
Radio: Free Football Radio
Betting Line (via OddsShark)
Over/Under: 65.5, Spread: Oregon -21
This game pits the best offense in the conference against the best defense. It will be the best test the Ducks have had thus far.
With a 21-point margin, I'd still take the Ducks, but just barely. The over seems like a real value here, as the Ducks have put that many points up on their own.
Injury Report (via USA Today)
Geoff Meinken, FB, Out (Knee)
Ricky Heimuli, DT, Questionable (Knee)
Dion Jordan, DE, Questionable (Shoulder)
Issac Remington, DT, Questionable (Leg)
Keloni Kamalani, LB, Out (Arm)
The stakes couldn't be any higher for Oregon. The Ducks need to win their last three games and they will be playing for the national championship. A loss likely relegates them to a BCS bowl game.
Stanford still has plenty to play for, including a trip to the conference title game to fight for a Rose Bowl berth.
Don't expect either team to leave much out of their game.
Stanford Player to Watch: Kevin Hogan, QB
Stanford struggled offensively for much of the season. The team opted to give Hogan an opportunity against Colorado after Josh Nunes was off to a sluggish start.
Cardinal coach David Shaw liked what he saw from Hogan. The redshirt freshman mixed mobility and strong, accurate passes to lead an offensive explosion against Colorado.
The results against Oregon State last week were similar. He did have two interceptions, but he also threw for three touchdown. He was 22-of-29 for 254 yards.
Hogan added 49 yards rushing . He's the trigger to a balanced offensive attack that should be able to score against Oregon.
Oregon Player to Watch: Defensive Line
In an odd departure from Kenjon Barner, I'm going to go defense. The Ducks have been amassing yards at a ferocious clip, but have been giving up almost as many.
They will need to change things up this week, as their defensive line could be missing a pair of starters.
A stout presence from the defensive front could settle the ground-game battle early.
Prediction: Oregon 52, Stanford 30
Oregon's offense has been able to move the ball almost at will in every game this season. The Ducks boast the country's best scoring offense.
The Cardinal might be able to stop Barner where others haven't but it doesn't seem likely. Even their 12th-ranked defense will come up short with protecting the middle of the line and the edges.
This game will be closer than others Oregon has been in, but it will still be a win for the Ducks.
Darin Pike is a writer for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team and a Featured Columnist covering the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks.