HUSKIES OPPONENT THIS WEEK
No. 7 STANFORD CARDINAL (3-0 overall, 1-0 in Pac-12)
6 P.M. FRIDAY, HUSKY STADIUM, ESPN, 1000-AM/97.7 FM
COACH: David Shaw (57-14 in 6th year at Stanford and overall)
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AGAINST THE HUSKIES: The series is tied 41-41-4.
SCOUTING REPORT: Any scouting report on Stanford has to start with junior tailback Christian McCaffrey, last year’s Heisman Trophy runner-up and a legitimate candidate to win the award this season. He broke Barry Sanders’ national record for all-purpose yards in a season last year with 3,684, and will line up at running back, receiver and wildcat quarterback. Through three games this year, he has 436 yards rushing, 119 receiving yards and four total touchdowns. … Stanford has other productive skill players, too, like fifth-year senior receiver Michael Rector (a Gig Harbor native) and backup tailback Bryce Love. … Fourth-year junior Ryan Burns won the Cardinal’s starting quarterback job in training camp, and has so far thrown for 395 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions while completing 61.4 percent of his passes in Stanford’s plodding, run-heavy offense. Backup QB Keller Chryst also played one series last week against UCLA. … Stanford always seems to reload with big, experienced players on the offensive line, and this year is no different: the Cardinal start a fifth-year senior, a fourth-year junior, a junior and two third-year sophomores up front. … Stanford’s defense ranks 54th nationally in yards per play allowed and eighth in scoring defense. The Cardinal have allowed only three touchdowns in three games.
DID YOU KNOW: Nice find by Tim Booth of the Associated Press: dating to last season, Stanford has played eight consecutive games in the state of California. Friday will be the Cardinal’s first game outside the state since a Nov. 7, 2015 victory at Colorado.
Sept. 2 W, 26-13, vs. Kansas State
Sept. 17 W, 27-10, vs. USC
Sept. 24 W, 22-13, at UCLA
Sept. 30 at Washington
Oct. 8 vs. Washington State
Oct. 15 at Notre Dame
Oct. 22 vs. Colorado
Oct. 29 at Arizona
Nov. 5 vs. Oregon State
Nov. 12 at Oregon
Nov. 19 at California
Nov. 26 vs. Rice
COUGARS OPPONENT THIS WEEK
OREGON DUCKS (2-2 overall, 0-1 in Pac-12)
6:30 P.M. SATURDAY, MARTIN STADIUM, PAC-12 NETWORKS, 770 AM
COACH: Mark Helfrich (35-10 in 4th year at Oregon and overall)
AGAINST THE DUCKS: Oregon leads the series 47-39-7.
SCOUTING REPORT: Spirits are not particularly high in Eugene, where the Ducks on Saturday lost, 41-38, to Colorado, one week after falling 35-32 at Nebraska. Now, Oregon looks to avenge last season’s 45-38 home overtime loss to Washington State, but the Ducks will have to do it in Pullman. … Oregon can still move the ball – the Ducks rank 7th nationally in yards per play at 7.37, and 26th in scoring offense at 41.8 points per game. … Oregon’s star running back, Royce Freeman, sat out the Colorado game with a leg injury he sustained in Nebraska, and his status for the WSU game is unclear. The Ducks are also without receiver Devon Allen and left tackle Tyrell Crosby for the rest of the season. … Under first-year defensive coordinator Brady Hoke, the Ducks rank No. 74 in yards per play allowed and 97th in scoring defense. They allowed Colorado to gain 593 yards of total offense despite starting quarterback Sefo Liufau sitting out due to injury. Instead, freshman backup Steven Montez played and earned Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honors by throwing for 333 yards and three touchdowns and running for 135 yards and a touchdown. … Despite missing nearly two full games, Freeman is still the team’s leading rusher with 325 yards and an average of 8.8 yards per carry. But the Ducks have a deep backfield, and Tony Brooks-James (7.0 ypc), Kani Benoit (7.0 ypc) and Taj Griffin (4.9 ypc) are all capable runners. … Fifth-year senior Dakota Prukop, a graduate transfer from Montana State, is Oregon’s starting quarterback. He’s thrown for 1,041 yards, eight touchdowns and an interception in four games, and has rushed for 142 yards and a score. … Darren Carrington leads the Ducks in receiving with 19 catches for 280 yards and three touchdowns. Charles Nelson and Dwayne Stanford will also have WSU’s attention.
DID YOU KNOW: This is the second consecutive season that Oregon has started 2-2. Last year, the Ducks lost 62-20 to Utah at home before winning seven of their final eight Pac-12 games.
Sept. 3 W, 53-28, vs. UC Davis
Sept. 10 W, 44-26, vs. Virginia
Sept. 17 L, 35-32, at Nebraska
Sept. 24 L, 41-38, vs. Colorado
Oct. 1 at Washington State
Oct. 8 vs. Washington
Oct. 21 at California
Oct. 29 vs. Arizona State
Nov. 5 at USC
Nov. 12 vs. Stanford
Nov. 19 at Utah
Nov. 26 at Oregon State