Kevin Hogan played on a bum ankle, the running game churned against a porous defense, and Stanford jumped into advantageous position in the league race – all on an eventful Friday night under the lights. Hogan comes in after dealing with an ankle injury last week and he has 775 passing yards and five touchdowns this season.
A big weekend for the Pac-12 gets started tonight when Oregon State hosts No. 21 Stanford at 10PM ET on FOX Sports 1.
Christian McCaffrey ran for a career-high 206 yards to help Stanford (3-1, 2-0 Pac-12) effectively follow up last week’s victory over USC at the Coliseum. Stanford has won and covered the spread in five straight meetings with Oregon State.
Utah at Oregon, 5:30 p.m., FOX (Oregon by 10.5) – Much as I can picture the Utes’ defense giving the Ducks fits in this one, it also has the feel of a statement game for an Oregon team that has a few questions to answer (defensively, in particular) after a somewhat lackluster nonconference showing.
He threw for 279 yards and two touchdowns, gritting out a 41-31 win that put Stanford back in the rankings. The Beavers have wins over Weber State and San Jose State while suffering a 35-7 road loss to Michigan. He has rushed for 239 yards thus far in the season.
The South champs: Arizona, 7-2 in 2014; Arizona State, 8-1 in 2013; UCLA, 6-3 in 2012; Southern Cal, 7-2 in 2011.
Hogan used Stanford’s Virtual Reality system to prepare for Oregon State’s defensive schemes. Seth Collins completed 13 of 25 passes for 135 yards and one touchdown, and Collins added 114 yards and two touchdowns in 16 carries on the ground. A year ago Stanford routed the Beavers 24-14 and allowed just 12 yards rushing….