For those doubting Oregon this weekend....people were doubting them last year around this time too. After an opening week loss to Boise St., Oregon struggled to put away Purdue, and then struggled to fend off and put away Utah. 3 games into the season there were huge question marks for Oregon: their defense was suspect. Did they have a real QB? Could their young RB handle the pressure? Etc. Much of the same questions being asked of the Ducks this season. Then #6 Cal rolled into Eugene and everyone and their mother was picking Cal and saying Oregon didn't have a chance. Oregon wouldn't be able to stop Cal's potent rushing attack....blah, blah, blah. Well Cal kicked a FG on their opening drive and never scored again, Oregon completely dismantled that Cal team that just about everyone picked to the tune of 42-3.
Now I'm not saying Oregon will do that to Stanford, not even close, but don't sleep on Oregon at home. Like I've mentioned, Oregon is a completely different animal at home. Even in down years, it's extremely difficult for opponents to come into Eugene and get out with a win. Autzen is one of the most difficult places in the country to travel to, which is the reason why Oregon has only lost 5...5 games at home in the last 5 years. Stanford hasn't won there since 01. We'll just have to wait and see.
I was at that Cal game...and I'll be at this one. Hopefully I'm some sort of good luck charm.