Eugene, Ore. -- Since 2016, Oregon football has had a rough time against the Stanford Cardinal. The 2015 season was the last in which the Ducks beat Stanford, and since then, they've suffered everything from grisly last minute losses to blowout defeats. This years' group of seniors aim to change that.
"A loss is a loss," says senior Troy Dye. "Nobody likes to lose, especially with the way we lost last year, especially to this team, especially because it's a Pac-12 team, especially because it's Pac-12 North, especially cause it's Stanford. It's a big game and we dropped it last year when we should've had it. Yeah, I've been thinking about it for awhile but I also think about our freshman year loss when they came here and beat us 55-(27). So I think about all the losses and I always think about that kind of stuff."
In the 2018 meeting, the Ducks held a lead late into the fourth quarter until a costly fumble by CJ Verdell led to Stanford tying the game, and inevitably winning in overtime. That game is still very much in the minds of some players. Others see it as a new year, given Oregon has new personnel in defensive coordinator Andy Avalos. But Stanford, as they always have, are bringing a tried and true method of big bodied receivers and a bruising running game, even if they've gotten away from the latter in recent years.
“The length, 6-4," says Avalos. "We don’t have a lot of DB’s that are 6-4. The tight end is 6-7. There’s not a lot of DB’s running around in college football that are that tall. It’s about how we plays with our eye control and our technique and how we use our leverage and our health. That’s always what coverage is. We got bigger bodies that we have to cover. Our guys are working really hard to master this so they can go out and compete on Saturday.”
Kick off is at 4:00 pm and will be broadcast on ESPN.