The Program: Where Clemson, Oklahoma and Oregon Look To Avoid Being Upset
We're getting down to the end of the season, and teams have a lot to lose as they play for BCS Championship spots, conference titles and at-large BCS Bowl bids. In Clemson, Oklahoma and Oregon we have all of those bases covered, and each team has plenty on their plate.
Starting with Clemson, this weekend's game against North Carolina State is about remaining a one-loss team and avenging an embarrassing defeat from a season ago in Raleigh. This year, Dabo Swinney's team is fighting to secure an at-large BCS bid, and they have to take care of business against Tom O'Brien's upset-minded squad.
In Morgantown, the West Virginia Mountaineers—you know, the team that was everyone's favorite back in September—host the Oklahoma Sooners. Here, the Sooners are the team fighting for their at-large BCS bid lives. A loss to Dana Holgorsen's team would likely push them out of a return to a BCS Bowl.
Oregon brings a banged-up defense into this weekend, and that's not a good thing against a Stanford team that is seeing an offensive resurgence under new quarterback Kevin Hogan. The Cardinal want to pound on teams, and with a lot of youth on defense due to injuries, Oregon is going to have its hands full stopping David Shaw's team.
However, we know about Oregon's firepower and Stanford's inability to get stops against this fast-paced offense. We should be in for a scorefest in Eugene.
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