Stanford at Oregon
Stanford is headed for a shootout when it visits Oregon in Week 5.
Stanford offense vs. Oregon defense
• Even with the loss of RB Toby Gerhart to the NFL and the continued development of QB Andrew Luck, the Cardinal's M.O. on offense has not changed. Stanford will try to establish the run and then work the play-action game. Offensive coordinator David Shaw is doing a great job of using pre-snap shifts, motions and overloading one side of the line to gain advantages in the ground game and the offensive line has been stellar, playing with continuity and doing a nice job getting movement off the ball. In addition, two-way player FB/LB Owen Marecic is one of the better lead blockers in the nation. This could be an issue for an Oregon defensive front that lacks the size and strength to anchor consistently on the inside. DTs Brandon Bair and Zac Clark are quick but check in at around 270 pounds and are going to have a hard time holding their ground. Given that advantage Stanford should be able to find room between the tackles for RBs Stepfan Taylor, Usua Amanam and Jeremy Stewart (who could return from an ankle injury).