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.
Virginia Tech has been playing just about the whole season without starting quarterback Michael Brewer after the Hokies signal-caller broke his collarbone in the first game of the season. Now, Brewer is on his way back to the field. Brewer has been medically cleared to return to practice in Blacksburg. It may still be another few weeks until he gets back in a game for Virginia Tech.
Brewer broke his collarbone in Virginia Tech’s season-opening loss to Ohio State. Once he left the game, it seemed the Hokies were unable to give the defending national champions much of a fight for a second straight season. He was originally expected to miss eight to 10 weeks of action, which would have meant a return for a Halloween game against Boston College as the earliest likely date. Virginia Tech has a bye week after the Boston College game, meaning Brewer could then be available for a Thursday night division game against Georgia Tech on November 12. Considering all of that, the chance Brewer might be available to play this Friday night against N.C. State is quite a pleasant surprise for a Virginia Tech team in need of some help after dropping to 2-3 after a second straight loss last weekend. Andy Bitter of The Roanoke Times says Brewer could be a gametime decision for Frank Beamer.
The outlook is not quite as possible for Hokies running back Marshawn Williams. Williams will be out for the rest of the season after reinjuring his left knee in practice in late September. It is the same knee that was surgically repaired last December. Williams can use this season as his redshirt season as he has not played in a game this season. He will still have three years of eligibility remaining when he returns to the team next fall.
wherever and whenever Washington State head coach Mike Leach opens his mouth, we will be listening. In a recent radio interview with John Canzano, Leach shared his thoughts on the presidential races heating up, the need to remove political correctness and the superior athletics facilities at Washington State compared to what is offered at Oregon.
Leach offered his take on the current status of the GOP race, saying if Donald Trump continues to rise that some other candidates will soon back out and others will “kiss the ring and hope for cabinet positions.”
I think honestly the single biggest issue in this election and country for quite some time is you have to eradicate political correctness. Unless it’s eradicated, you know, we can’t move forward.”
On the topic of football, Leach was asked what has held Washington State back from becoming a winning program. Leach reflected on the steps the program has taken to improve the program, which has seen improvements with facilities that have helped through recruiting, although Leach said it’s been tough because acquiring the talent has been a slow process. He was quite proud of Washington State’s facilities though.
“We have the best facilities in America, certainly within the conference, including Oregon,” Leach said. “We’ve had those for a year that helped accelerate the recruiting effort.”
Given a chance to back peddle from that statement, Leach, as you might expect, did not rescind or amend his previous comments.
You can listen to the full interview here. It is a good listen. He also wants to know where the best pizza place in Portland, Oregon is. You will learn he likes New York style pizza.