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Fox College Football Game of the Week: Oregon St. at Stanford


If you scanned any of the Pac-12 box scores from Week 10 or any of Oregon's this season, this may not come as a surprise to you. Nine of the 12 teams in the conference average more than 24 points per game with 10 of those 12 squads allowing 22 or more points per game. In other words, defense is optional for the majority of the Pac-12 with the exception of two teams: Oregon State (18.1 points allowed per game) and Stanford (16.6 points allowed per game).

The Beavers and Cardinals both excel against the rush with both units ranked in the Top Five nationally, allowing less than 100 yards on the ground per game. Unfortunately, as is expected, the two schools' pass defense isn't that stout. Oregon State is 77th against the pass, allowing more than 247 yards per game. However, they have picked off 14 passes compared to eight touchdowns allowed. Likewise, Stanford allows over 266 yards via the pass each game but have 11 interceptions with nine touchdowns allowed.

OSU quarterback Cody Vaz took the starting gig away from Sean Mannion after Mannion threw four picks in a loss to Washington in addition to having missed two previous games after undergoing knee surgery.

Last week, Coach Riley said Vaz is playing just a bit better right now.  He passed for 267 yards with three touchdowns and one pick against Arizona State last Saturday. He's thrown seven touchdowns with one interception, while completing 55.9 percent of his passes.

As has been the case in the past, the Cardinal are balanced on offense with a passing game averaging just over 200 yards passing and a rushing attack that averages over 166 yards per game. Stepfan Taylor remains the workhorse in Stanford's backfield with 206 carries for 947 yards and eight touchdowns.

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