Almost every week, Stanford coach David Shaw delegates a backup quarterback to the scout team in practice who can best simulate the upcoming opponent.
Not this week.
Shaw's search for somebody on the roster to mimic Marcus Mariota and Oregon's up-tempo offense was deemed a lost cause. There's nobody who could even come close.
Oregon coach Mark Helfrich and Stanford's David Shaw shared some laughs when they met for the first time this offseason during an annual Pac-12 Conference meeting. Although they had never talked before, the similar circumstances that brought them together made them feel like they had known each other for years.
The matchup between Oregon and Stanford the past three seasons has been billed as the biggest game of the year on the West Coast, a de facto Pac-12 title game and national semifinal.
Tom Ward and Collin Harmon are joined by former Oregon State wide receiver Seth Trimmer on this week's edition of Inside the Pac.
Oregon at Stanford next week is more than a football.
It's an emblem of a power shift in the Pac-12 - and in all of college football, Austin Murphy argues in this week's Sports Illustrated.
Tom Ward and Collin Harmon are joined by former Oregon offensive lineman Todd Kaanapu on this week's edition of Inside the Pac.
Second-ranked Oregon and sixth-ranked Stanford get a break next weekend before a Thursday night clash in Palo Alto, Calif., that qualifies as one of the biggest games of the season.
The No. 12 Bruins, coming off a disheartening loss to Stanford, have a chance for redemption — in a big way — against the No. 2 Oregon Ducks this Saturday.
But the Bruins (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12) face a considerable challenge in Oregon (7-0, 4-0), which is favored by more than three touchdowns. UCLA has not won at Autzen Stadium since 2004, and the team hasn't defeated the Ducks since a 16-0 blanking in 2007.
Former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla, who left the second-ranked Ducks earlier this month following a one-game suspension for violating team rules, was in custody Thursday after his arrest on drug-related charges in Eugene.
The Autzen parking lot burned bright with yellow and red as the Oregon Ducks hosted the Washington State Cougars in Saturday's evening match-up.
Tom Ward and Collin Harmon are joined by former Oregon wide receiver Marshaun Tucker on this week's edition of Inside the Pac.
Alabama and Florida State hold the top two spots in the first BCS standings of the season. Oregon was a close third behind second-place Florida State.
No. 2 Oregon overcame the prolific passing of Connor Halliday for a 62-38 victory over Washington State Saturday night.