The Pac-12 power struggle between Oregon and Stanford might not have the same cache as Alabama and LSU, but in recent years, the matchups between the two have had serious national championship implications.
Since 2009, the Pac-12 North rivals have played a major role in the BCS with three straight matchups having come with both teams ranked in the top 13 of the BCS standings.
The 2009 game set the tone for what has become the biggest game of the season outside of the SEC. On that day, Stanford handed No. 7 Oregon its first Pac-12 loss, which also knocked the Ducks out of the national title race. Since that loss, Oregon has won 18 consecutive road games.
In 2010, both teams were unbeaten entering the game. No. 9 Stanford took the air out of Autzen Stadium by jumping out to a 21-3 first-quarter lead. The No. 4 Ducks outscored the Cardinal 48-10 the rest of the way, including a dominant 28-0 second half.
8-1 Oregon traveled to 9-0 Stanford in 2011, and the No. 7 Ducks walked away with a resounding 53-30 win over the No. 4 Cardinal. The win put the Ducks in position to challenge for a spot in the top two of the BCS after Oklahoma Stae's loss to Iowa State, but they lost to USC the following week.
Last season, the No. 13 Cardinal beat the No. 4 Ducks 17-14 in overtime, ending the nation's longest home win streak. Stanford held Oregon to its lowest point total since the opening game of the 2009 season.
Thursday's showdown will mark the first time the teams will meet when both are ranked in the top five of the BCS. No. 5 Stanford needs a win to control its destiny in the Pac-12 North and for any chance at a BCS title. No. 3 Oregon needs a marquee win to keep pace with No. 2 Florida State in the BCS standings.
The stage is set for the Pac-12 heavyweights to put their stamp on the 2013 season. Now it's up to the Ducks and the Cardinal to show the nation what they are capable of.
Here's everything you need to know about the matchup.
Where: Stanford Stadium, Palo Alto, Calif.
When: Thursday, Nov. 7, at 9 p.m. ET
Spread: According to VegasInsider.com, Oregon is favored by 10.5 points.