Oregon (@1.2) vs Stanford (@4.5)

Our Prediction:

Oregon will win

Oregon – Stanford Match Prediction | 21-09-2019 19:00

Itll be a chance for the Ducks to right their mistakes and play a full 60 minute game of domination. Ducks will make their official statement to the country as a title contender after this game. Depending on how Oregons receivers start the season, the Ducks should be able to mount an offensive strategy that puts them clear and ahead of Stanford from the get-go.

Bryce Love went wild over the Oregon defense in the first half last season before resting most of the second. This time around, the Ducks will need every score they can get to contain and beat Love and the Cardinal. We'll call this the Justin Herbert breakout game. This one has a feel of right now that will require to match Stanford score for score. The Ducks should be an easy 3-0 going into the showdown at Autzen Stadium. Oregon didn't have the services of Herbert in that game, and that certainly hurt Oregon's defense.

Last year the Ducks had the Cardinal backed into a corner, but a slew of errors let the Cardinal back in for a devastating 38-31 overtime defeat. You'd be hard-pressed to find a more frustrating conclusion to an Oregon game than that one, and you know the returning players will want to make amends for that one. There can't be a lot of games on the schedule that mean more than this one.

I just dont know how you trust this Stanford team on the road given the struggles they have had offensively. That 14-3 win over USC doesnt look nearly as good after the Trojans were embarrassed 37-14 at Texas this past weekend. I know Bryce Love didnt play last week, but he wasnt anything special in the first two games. Thru 3 games the Cardinal have the 112th ranked rushing attack (115.3 ypg) are just 63rd in passing (243 ypg).

Stanford vs. Oregon Fearless Prediction, Game Preview

Stanford is ranked No. Love sat out last week with an injury but should be ready to go this week as Stanford looks to climb the polls more and more. While Heisman candidate Bryce Love has been regarded as the centerpiece of the Cardinal offense, quarterback K.J. 7 in the country after double-digit wins over San Diego State, ranked USC and University of California Davis. Costello has thrown for 729 yards so far this season with seven touchdowns. Costello has been the leader for the first three games.

It's not that I don't think it's a good team, but allowing Bowling Green to put up 24 points, and allowing 22 against San Jose State causes me to worry about how this defense will perform against Stanford's offense. I just can't trust Oregon to this point.

It was a tough spot off the game against the Trojans and this big game against Oregon on deck. They also only outgained UC Davis by 43 yards (351 to 308) and had a mere 17-15 edge in first downs. It wasnt a great start to that game for the Cardinal, as they were up just 10-3 with less than 3 minutes to play in the 1st half. Stanford followed up their impressive 14-3 win over USC with a 30-10 win at home over UC Davis, but were on the wrong side of the spread as 30-point favorites.

The Cardinal lost to USC 31-28 in the Pac-12 Championship Game and then 39-37 in the Alamo Bowl. Add in a three-point loss at San Diego State during week three and a 24-21 loss at Washington State in November and the Cardinal lost four games by a combined score of 11 points. The Stanford Cardinal went 9-5 in 2017 and finished first in the Pac-12 North Division with a 9-3 regular-season record.

I think they win. Who knows what Stanford will be on Sept. 22? This is the most talented team Oregon has had since 2015. I give the edge because Oregon knows what they have in Justin Herbert, but I'm less confident Stanford does in KJ Costello. Last year around that time they were 1-2, as they struggled out of the gates before winning eight of nine down the stretch. And just like the non-conference schedule is extremely favorable, I find the schedule equally as favorable. That changes this year. He looked excellent at times last year but finished the season throwing 25-for-49 with a pair of picks in losses to USC and TCU. I think Oregon is finally talented enough and mentally tough enough to hang. You might even be able to convince me 2014. I think this one is close.