5 Fast Fun Facts About Stanford vs. Oregon
This Saturday's Pac-12 matchup between Stanford and Oregon will feature some of the nation's most hyped players in a game with surefire BCS ramifications.
By now, most CFB fans know that the ESPN Gameday crew will televise from The Oval on Stanford's iconic Palm Drive, and can recite from memory all the salient facts about Andrew Luck, LaMichael James, the Stanford TEs and Oregon's seemingly endless uniform combinations.
But do you really know everything about the Stanford and Oregon football programs?
Turn the page for five, fast, fun facts for Saturday's showdown.
Dig This: Andrew Luck's Sister Is a Stanford Volleyball Star
More good Luck for Stanford
Andrew Luck is Stanford's All-World QB and a leading contender for the Heisman Trophy and for the top overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.
Did you know that he is not the only family member playing varsity sports at Stanford?
His sister, Mary Ellen Luck, is a sophomore defensive specialist on Stanford's third-ranked women's volleyball team.
Flacco for Stanford
Big brother Joe
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Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco led his team on a 92-yard, game-winning TD drive against the Steelers at Heinz Field last Sunday, perhaps his best fourth-quarter comeback ever.
But, did you know he's not the only Flacco playing football on the national stage?
His younger brother John is a sophomore backup WR for Stanford.
Phil Knight's Generosity
Equal opportunity donor
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Phil Knight, founder of Nike, is credited with enabling the emergence of Oregon as a perennial national football powerhouse. An Oregon alum, he's reportedly poured $300 million into the Ducks' athletic program, much of it for football.
But, did you know that he's also an alumnus of Stanford's famed Graduate School of Business?
He recently donated over $100 million toward the new business school campus at Stanford.
Chip Kelly Is a Rare Coach
An unmarried coach
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Chip Kelly is in his third year as Oregon's head coach. He is an innovative, fearless offensive genius, with numerous coach-of-the-year accolades and a scintillating 25-2 overall record as the Ducks' coach.
But, did you know he's almost unique in another way?
According to the New York Times, Kelly is unmarried, and that is a rarity among head coaches in BCS conferences.
The Scoreboard Will Get a Workout
50% chance the winning team scores 40 or more
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In the past 30 years, Stanford and Oregon have met 25 times.
But did you know that in nearly half (12) of those games, the winning team scored over 40 points?
There's ample precedent for offensive fireworks on Saturday evening at Stanford stadium.