(EUGENE, OR) — Oregon has moved atop the rankings thanks to its continued dominance of the Pac-12.
It’s something that Stanford is well aware of.
The top-ranked Ducks can stretch their program-best win streak to 14 games and clinch the conference’s North Division crown when they host the No. 14 Cardinal on Saturday night.
The nation’s highest-scoring team cruised to a 59-17 victory at California last Saturday. Oregon (10-0, 7-0) moved up to No. 1 when Alabama was upset by Texas A&M.
“That’s what’s so good about this team,” said wide receiver Josh Huff, who had three touchdown catches. “We don’t pay attention to the rankings and what’s around us. We just play Oregon football.”
The Ducks are 32-2 in conference games under Chip Kelly and have won nine of their last 10 against Stanford (8-2, 6-1).
The Cardinal can win the North with a victory this weekend and one over UCLA next week.
“This is pretty much our Pac-12 championship game,” linebacker Chase Thomas said.
Stanford has lost its last five trips to Eugene, with four coming by at least three touchdowns. Since Andrew Luck guided the Cardinal to a 51-42 victory over the Ducks in 2009, they have lost the last two meetings by a combined 44 points.
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Nate Sunderland, EastIdahoNews.com
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