Nov. 7, 2011
The Stanford Cardinal (9-0, 7-0 Pac-12 North; No. 3 AP; No. 2 USA Today; No. 4 BCS) will put the nation’s longest winning streak on the line Saturday against the Oregon Ducks (8-1, 6-0 Pac-12 North; No. 6 AP/USA Today; No. 7 BCS) in one of the most highly-anticipated games of the college football season. The Cardinal has won 17 straight games dating back to last season while the Ducks have reeled off eight straight wins following a season-opening setback to top-ranked LSU. Both teams are coming off road wins last week, with Stanford scoring a 38-13 victory over Oregon State in Corvallis while Oregon downed Washington, 34-17, in Seattle.
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ESPN GameDay will be on hand at the university Oval on campus for its live college pregame show on Saturday morning from 7 to 9 a.m. Stanford fans are welcome to join the festivities starting at 6 a.m.
Saturday’s Stanford-Oregon game will be televised nationally by ABC, with Brent Musburger (play-by-play) and Kirk Herbstreit (analyst) and Erin Andrews (sidelines) calling the action. The game will also be carried live on Stanford’s flagship station, KNBR 1050 AM, with Dave Flemming (play-by-play), Todd Husak (analyst) and John Platz (sidelines) handling the broadcasting duties. All radio broadcasts begin one hour prior to kickoff with the Cardinal Tailgate Show and will conclude with the Cardinal Locker Room Report following the game. Stanford student station KZSU will also broadcast Saturday’s game. All Stanford radio broadcasts can also be heard on GoStanford.com via the All-Access player.
In a series that dates back to 1900, Stanford leads the all-time series with Oregon, 44-29-1. The Ducks have won eight out of the last nine and nine out of the last 11 games between the two schools dating back to 1998, including last year’s contest in Eugene, 52-31. Stanford’s last two wins in the series have come over top-10 Oregon teams. In 2001, the Cardinal upset the fifth-ranked Ducks, 49-42 in Eugene, handing Oregon its only loss of the season. In 2009, Stanford downed No. 7 Oregon, 51-42 at Stanford Stadium. The Cardinal had the upper hand in the series from 1964-97, posting a 23-8 record, which included a pair of five-game winning streaks (1967-71; 1973-77). Since 1998, Stanford is 2-9 vs. Oregon.
- Now 9-0 (7-0 Pac-12 North) after Saturday’s 38-13 victory at Oregon State, extending its winning streak to 17 games, an ongoing school-record and the nation’s longest streak among FBS teams.
- Ranked No. 3 this week by AP, No. 2 in the USA Today Coaches poll and No. 4 in the BCS standings...have been ranked in the Top 10 of the AP poll for 18 straight weeks, marking the program’s longest run as a Top 10 team in school history...enjoying its highest regular season ranking in AP poll since 1970.
- At 9-0, are off to its best start since 1951 and a win over Oregon would give the Cardinal its best start since 1940 (10-0).
- One of five unbeaten teams in the country, along with LSU (9-0), Oklahoma State (9-0), Boise State (8-0) and Houston (9-0).
- Has posted a 34-13 (.723) record since 2008 and are 29-6 (.828) dating back to the 2009 campaign.
- Has won 11 straight home games and is 21-2 in its last 23 home contests dating back to the final home game of the 2007 season.
- Is 7-1 in its last eight games against ranked opponents and have won four straight against ranked foes dating back to last season.
- Rank first in the Pac-12 and third nationally in scoring, averaging 48.22 points a game...have scored 40 or more points 17 times in the last 35 games dating back to the 2009 season...averaging 43.5 ppg (958 total) over the last 22 contests...on pace to break the school’s scoring record for a third straight year.
- Have scored 159 points in its last three games (53.0) against Washington (65), USC (56) and Oregon State (38).
- Rank second in the Pac-12 and 17th nationally in rushing offense at 224.67...rushed for a school-record 446 yards against Washington.
- Offense has had just seven three-and-outs all season.
- Leads the Pac-12 in four defensive categories -- rushing defense (78.89), total defense (324.0), scoring defense (16.56) and red zone defense (0.67)...rush defense ranks t-3rd nationally.
- Defense has held the opponent to just 10 points in the first quarter and just 26 points in the third quarter this season.
- Has outscored its last 22 opponents 480-158 in the first half...last trailed at halftime vs. Notre Dame in 2009 (24-20)...were tied at the half last year against USC (14-14) and Arizona State (7-7).
- Was 5 for 5 in the red zone vs. Oregon State and have come away with points on all 52 trips to the red zone this season (41 TDs, 11 FGs)...rank first nationally in red zone offense.