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Already looking ahead to how Stanford can slow Mariota and Oregon

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Few teams have been able to successfully slow down Oregon’s offense in recent years, but Stanford has seemed to find a formula. Head coach David Shaw knows what needs to be done, but of course it will be

As a guest on The Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday, David Shaw discussed Stanford’s recruiting philosophy, shared a few thoughts on former Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck and looked ahead to Stanford’s next game. It’s a big one.

Stanford hosts Oregon in the Pac 12’s game of the year next week on a Thursday night. The game will likely determine which team goes on to win the Pac 12 North Division and host the Pac 12 Championship Game at the end of the regular season. The winner will also remain in contention for a shot at a BCS Championship as the college football regular season hits the final stretch toward the finish line. When it comes to Oregon, Shaw is focusing on slowing down one of the leading contenders for this year’s Heisman Trophy, quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Slowing down Oregon’s offense is always much easier said than done, but the Cardinal have just the right kind of team to do it. Stanford has already thrown a brick wall at some potent offenses this season, including Arizona State, UCLA and Oregon State. Stanford also handed Oregon their only loss of the season last year in a 17-14 victory in overtime. At the time the Ducks were the top-ranked team in the country. Stanford held Mariota to 21-of-37 for 207 yards and 89 rushing yards. If Stanford is going to top Oregon this year, they will need similar results next week.

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23 Responses to “Already looking ahead to how Stanford can slow Mariota and Oregon”
  1. shaynesm says: Oct 30, 2013 10:16 PM

    Oregon is a different, better team than last year- I don’t believe Stanford will even come close this year. Go Ducks!

  2. blacknole08 says: Oct 30, 2013 10:20 PM

    I think Stanford wins this game. Throw a physical defense against Oregon and you will slow down Mariota.

  3. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 30, 2013 10:23 PM

    Oregon is no different, goodness. Stop deluding yourselves. And you don’t have a guy like Barner. They will shorten the game and you will have to earn everything, not get 95 snaps. And don’t think that because Gardner is out that Oregon catches a break here.

  4. gquesen says: Oct 30, 2013 11:11 PM

    …Wow, Mr Wright I really can’t take you seriously. “You don’t have Barner this year…” Right…we only have Marshal, Tyner, Huff, Addison Mariota, and, oh, yeah, De’Anthony Thomas. It’s not like I’m discounting Stanford here, either. Their a great team. But this is simply the best team in Oregon football history.

  5. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 30, 2013 11:35 PM

    I don’t care if you do or not. You people on these boards love to rant and rave when someone says something that you don’t like. I couldn’t care less.

  6. gquesen says: Oct 30, 2013 11:45 PM

    Just saying, your argument makes little sense on multiple levels. If you post something like that, someone will most likely make a strong counter argument.

  7. udub says: Oct 31, 2013 12:13 AM

    People saying Stanford ‘figured’ out Oregon are fooling themselves.

    Yeah, the Ducks just scored 14, but that was just one game. What about the year before when Oregon had 53? Or the 52 the year before that one?

    17-14 was just one random game, just like the 15-13 game against Cal in 2010. Remember when they said Cal had the recipe to stop Oregon too? How did that turn out??

  8. chachooga says: Oct 31, 2013 10:33 AM

    Stanford is not that great…have you watched them? They are good sure.

    BUT THEY LOST TO UTAH! I mean Utah, isn’t that like losing to NIU or Eastern Michigan?!?!?

    They are only #5 because the blabbers want Oregon to have good matchups for some reason. It really is ridiculous.

    Stanford is good, but not great….definitely not #5 in the nation.

    I would not be surprised if Oregon obliterates them.

  9. longborer69 says: Oct 31, 2013 11:09 AM

    Utah beat BYU. Beat Utah State when Keaton was healthy. Almost beat UCLA. They have plenty of talent but are inconsistent. Get over it.

    Every year very, very good teams lose to teams they shouldn’t. Every single year. FSU has done it over and over. So has Clemson. At least 8 of 10 times, probably 9 of 10, Bama beats A&M last year, but on the day, stuff happens.

    It happens to outstanding teams every single year. A bad game, a bad loss, does not mean a top 5 team is not a top 5 team. You look at the whole picture, not a single bad game.

    Let’s talk FSU. “BUT THEY ALMOST LOST TO BC! I mean BC, isn’t that like almost losing to NIU or Eastern Michigan?!?!?” (USC beat BC 35-7).

    It’s stupid to say FSU isn’t great because they laid an egg against BC. But Utah is better than BC, and Stanford is superb but probably not at FSU’s level, so when Stanford laid an egg, they had the misfortune to do it against a team with the ability on their day to take advantage of it. Doesn’t mean they aren’t top 5, though it would be hard to claim they are at the level of the top 3.

    Anyway, the loss of Gardner is unfortunate, but probably seals Stanford’s fate. Oregon was better anyway, probably by quite a bit, but you have to do it on the day. Without Gardner, Stanford’s ability to take advantage of a bad day from Oregon is significantly lessened.

  10. chachooga says: Oct 31, 2013 12:30 PM

    Dude….STANFORD ACTUALLY LOST!!!!

    FSU beat BC 48-34…that is a close game? Stanford lost!

    Utah is not better than BC, UNC, GT, or any mid pack ACC team…PERIOD. Your claim to fame is they beat BYU???

    Stanford is overrated. If they were behind UM, Baylor, Clemson, etc…in the poles. I would not be making the point.

    But they are hyped with nothing on their resume that puts them over the other teams I mentioned. They are good, but not #5…As the season unfolds, UCLA will have 3 losses, ASU will have at least 3 losses, Washington may have 5.

    Oregon is going to kill them. They are not impressive to watch, they lost to UTAH.

    Not sure how on earth you are even bringing FSU into this picture???

    Wow.

  11. gfj7000 says: Oct 31, 2013 1:00 PM

    As for all of these articles – here’s the summary – last year Stanford (with help of officials) beat Oregon in overtime – 17-14 The official judging the endzone catch for the Stanford TD – errantly called a ‘TD catch – not realizing that the Stanford player was already ‘down on his back & legs when the ball ‘plopped into his hands.
    As for this year – check the team stats to date – Stanford 45th ranked offense (only scored more than 30 points against cream-puff teams – 18th ranked defense, whereas Oregon is in the Top 5 in both categories. The game on the 7th – Oregon should win by as much as 21 pts.. As to the Gardner issue, that is sad, & at least 2-3 more hurt/players – that is also sad. This is a more weighted team for Oregon – more depth, more speed, stronger defense, and a Heisman trophy leader – not much hope to stop the Ducks. Also Stanford is heavily overrated @ #5 – over a few other undefeated teams? The errant BCS computers do another ‘burp’ to the rankings.

  12. hutchtl says: Oct 31, 2013 1:12 PM

    As I’ve watched Stanford play this year they are not the same team they were last year. They have struggled in most of their games this year unlike last year where they dominated. Oregon the other hand has refined and gotten much better than last year and our defense has shut some very good teams down. Not saying it’s not going to be a good game for it’s going to be a great game but look for Oregon to pull away in the second half and win by 21. GO DUCKS!

  13. longborer69 says: Oct 31, 2013 7:00 PM

    “Utah is not better than BC, UNC, GT, or any mid pack ACC team…PERIOD. Your claim to fame is they beat BYU???”

    Something GT, who is supposedly better, couldn’t do. 38-13 until they got a garbage time TD. LOL.

    Oh, Texas couldn’t beat BYU, either. Yeah, beating BYU is a good win. Road game for Utah, too.

    UNC lost to East Carolina.

    BC lost 35-7 to USC. 34-10 to UNC.

    Either you are delusional or I need to stop feeding a troll. Maybe both, maybe you are a delusional troll. But none of those teams are better than Utah. They are inconsistent enough that they might manage to lose to one of those teams, but even on a bad day they hung closer to USC than BC did.

  14. deanthonyduck says: Nov 1, 2013 12:36 PM

    Mr. Wright, you must be a fool. That is the WORST argument I have ever heard. If you think for a moment that barner is better than Thomas, Marshall, or tuner you are so wrong. Barber was a patient runner and he ruined the game against Stanford last year because in our offense, when we run an outside zone read and the opposing defense shoots ouside (which was you guy’s game plan. Watch the game if you don’t believe me) that opens up inside running lanes. Of course Barner is too patient of a runner and expected lanes to open up outside when he should have been hitting the cut back lanes. If you didn’t notice, deanthony Thomas got good yards every time he touched the ball. Watch his 6 yard TD run where he demonstrates how to cut in and score on an outside zone read. If Stanford tries the same defense, its going to be a long day since Oregon has 2 weeks to analyze last years game and come up with a game plan. Also, you probably should have watched the UCLA game and saw how physically dominant Oregon was against a stout defense with star linebackers and multiple 300 pound linemen. Oregon’s playmakers this year are much more numerous than in 2012, the defense is bigger and faster, Mariota is playing better than ever, and with a healthy Deanthony Thomas, I am sorry Stanford, but you are doomed. Prediction: Stanford stays close till half time, but Oregon pulls away in the second half. Oregon wins 42-17

  15. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 1, 2013 1:07 PM

    Just because you don’t like it or agree, huh?

  16. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 1, 2013 1:08 PM

    You Oregon fans have become like Boise fans were last decade.

  17. gshauger says: Nov 2, 2013 11:10 AM

    @Mr. White – we get it…you don’t like Oregon.

    But at least know something before you voice an opinion.

    You don’t really seem to know too much about Stanford nor Oregon and how they compare against not only each other but themselves from last year.

    Oregon is head and shoulders better than last year. We’re tougher and faster at RB. This is the best receiving core we’ve had in a decade. Mariota is one year wiser. Our defense is playing lights out and is holding opponents to FEWER points than Stanford despite playing several of the same high scoring teams.

    Stanford barely beat UW by 3, lost to UTAH and then put up a paltry 20 against the 65th ranked defense in the nation (USC put up over 30 on the same defense).

    Stanford is a solid team but overrated. Probably more of a a #10 than a #5. Oregon should win by at least 18. They won’t come out flat. They play even better on the road.

    Truth

  18. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 2, 2013 2:47 PM

    No, you don’t get it, because what I don’t like is these Boise-acting Oregon FANS. The team itself is very good, but the talk about the Pac 12 being so great and that their SOS is better than FSU’s is just ludicrous.

    But anytime someone says something that you people don’t like, out comes the “hater” and reckless things that you wouldn’t dare say to someone’s face offline.

  19. gshauger says: Nov 2, 2013 3:44 PM

    Unfortunately for you the voters and the computers don’t agree with you. Almost universally so.

    But hey…I’m sure they are ALL wrong and you’re right.

    And trying to compare the Pac-12 to Boise St’s conference is beyond ludicrous.

    It’s comical you accusing others of being “haters” when you’re the one spewing hate towards a team, a conference and an entire fanbase. You’re the one providing few facts and nothing constructive in response…but we’re the “haters”.

    Hypocrisy and irony had a baby and it’s name is Mr. Wright.

    You’re a troll plain and simple. We don’t like your posts because they are devoid of facts and fly in the face of consensus which in this case constitutes voters from all over the country.

    So yes…we do get it…now go troll someone else.

  20. shaynesm says: Nov 2, 2013 10:34 PM

    Whether you like Oregon or not Mr. Wright- they are a more dominate and better overall team than FSU, although FSU is a very good team. Go Ducks!

  21. nolesfandom713 says: Nov 4, 2013 1:24 AM

    I’m glad all you Oregon fans have been making my point for me. That point is that Oregon does not have a meaningful SOS especially regarding top ranked quality opponents this year compared to Florida State. It’s actually a pretty big chasm. Florida State this season has not just beaten but EMBARRASSED unbeaten 3rd ranked Clemson at HOME. Then they solidly dominated unbeaten 7th ranked Miami in a rivalry game that is known for creating upset potential. Clemson is currently ranked 7th and Miami 11th.

    Who does Oregon have under their belt? They beat a recently defeated 12th ranked UCLA by Stanford (a team you Oregon fans are dismissing as weak. They also beat The Washington huskies earlier in the season who was ranked 16th in the nation. UCLA is now ranked 19th and Washington is no longer even ranked in the top 25!

    As you guys prudently point out. #5 Stanford is way overrated a solid team like Clemson (which FSU beat 51-14) belongs in the number 5 spot.

    So FSU beat 3rd and 7th ranked undefeated teams that are currently ranked 7th and 11th.

    Oregon has beaten a 12th ranked team and a 16th ranked team that are currently ranked 19th and one out of the top 25. They are facing a widely overrated Stanford team ranked at #5. And if they win they are a lock for a title shot?? PLEASE.

    Bring the logical superior argument that infers Oregon has a stronger strength of schedule. I would LOVE to hear it.

    In advance, if you plan on arguing that Oregon got a bigger share of subpar unranked teams with better records and that puts then over FSUs dominating top 10 programs please do I always love a good laugh. If subpar unranked teams meant diddly over beating quality opponents then Ohio State wouldn’t be in the pickle they are in of virtually having no shot at a title due to poor SOS.

    Come on bring it Oregon fans prove me wrong, the home of the big O is right the home of O national championships.

    P.S. BTW boston college gave Clemson a run for their money too. They aren’t a pushover teams either.

  22. nolesfandom713 says: Nov 4, 2013 1:25 AM

    I’m glad all you Oregon fans have been making my point for me. That point is that Oregon does not have a meaningful SOS especially regarding top ranked quality opponents this year compared to Florida State. It’s actually a pretty big chasm. Florida State this season has not just beaten but EMBARRASSED unbeaten 3rd ranked Clemson at HOME. Then they solidly dominated unbeaten 7th ranked Miami in a rivalry game that is known for creating upset potential. Clemson is currently ranked 7th and Miami 11th.

    Who does Oregon have under their belt? They beat a recently defeated 12th ranked UCLA by Stanford (a team you Oregon fans are dismissing as weak. They also beat The Washington huskies earlier in the season who was ranked 16th in the nation. UCLA is now ranked 19th and Washington is no longer even ranked in the top 25!

    As you guys prudently point out. #5 Stanford is way overrated a solid team like Clemson (which FSU beat 51-14) belongs in the number 5 spot.

    So FSU beat 3rd and 7th ranked undefeated teams that are currently ranked 7th and 11th. Oh they also did beat unbeaten #25 Maryland 63-0 who is now unranked.

    Oregon has beaten a 12th ranked team and a 16th ranked team that are currently ranked 19th and one out of the top 25. They are facing a widely overrated Stanford team ranked at #5. And if they win they are a lock for a title shot?? PLEASE.

    Bring the logical superior argument that infers Oregon has a stronger strength of schedule. I would LOVE to hear it.

    In advance, if you plan on arguing that Oregon got a bigger share of subpar unranked teams with better records and that puts then over FSUs dominating top 10 programs please do I always love a good laugh. If subpar unranked teams meant diddly over beating quality opponents then Ohio State wouldn’t be in the pickle they are in of virtually having no shot at a title due to poor SOS.

    Come on bring it Oregon fans prove me wrong, the home of the big O is right the home of O national championships.

    P.S. BTW boston college gave Clemson a run for their money too. They aren’t a pushover teams either.

  23. waynefontes says: Nov 6, 2013 7:45 AM

    nolesfandom713 says:
    Nov 4, 2013 1:24 AM

    As you guys prudently point out. #5 Stanford is way overrated a solid team like Clemson (which FSU beat 51-14) belongs in the number 5 spot.
    —————————————————-

    Clemson deserves to be in the number 5 spot? Seriously?

    A team that gets blown out AT HOME by 37 points (and they scored a very late TD against second stringers – it could’ve been worse than just 37) is one of the best five teams in the country?

    And that win over then #7 Miami….

    Miami – a team that was fortunate to beat Wake Forest and North Carolina, a team that has beaten NOBODY (sorry, that win over 4-4 Florida doesn’t look so good now)… they’re not overrated? Who have they beaten?

    You knock Stanford and UCLA, but yet you don’t seem to acknowledge how overrated Miami is and while Clemson is a very good team, not at all a Top 5 team.

    Look at who Miami has played:

    Florida Atlantic, 4-4 Florida, Savannah State, USF, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Wake Forest. They barely won those last two.

    Wow, what a killer schedule.

    There are at least 20 teams who be 7-0 with that schedule. Probably more than 20 teams.

    But Miami at #7 wasn’t highly overrated in your opinion.

    Las Vegas oddsmakers and anyone with a brain knew the real deal, especially after watching Miami’s last two games before FSU.

    I’m not a fan of either team. I don’t care passionately about anyone from the ACC or the Pac-12. I enjoy great football, but I don’t have a dog in this fight.

    I think Florida State is a great team, and I think they would be worthy of playing for the national title if they win out. They would deserve it.

    But take off your garnet colored glasses and try to look at it realistically.

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