Source: BartTorvik. According to Sports-Reference. The last time a major conference produced a worse SRS waswhen the Big 12 put up a 7. Over the past decadethe Pac has made two Final Four appearances and failed to reach a national championship game. Every other major conference has been to at least twice as many Final Fours and made at least two title game appearances.
Kickoff: Saturday, Sept. Just as the Cardinal looked prime to get rolling Week 1 against Northwestern, quarterback K.
Costello sustained a forearm to the head that rattled the Stanford offense. A loss in Week 4 to Oregon showed some hope of revitalizing a running game that's been stagnant since last season; Cameron Scarlett rushed for 97 yards on 19 carries.
However, the Ducks locked down the passing game, and Stanford went without a touchdown. Oregon State's defense is a step back from the sides Stanford faced in its first four weeks. The Cardinal moved the ball effectively with Davis Mills at quarterback against USC, but had three red-zone trips that totaled just three points.
Mills will be at the helm once again as Costello has been ruled out due to a hand injury. Oregon State ranks in the nation's top 25 for red-zone defense, and top 40 in touchdowns allowed.
The sample size is limited, but it's still a huge leap from , when the Beavers ranked No. When Oregon State Has the Ball Jonathan Smith's tenure as offensive coordinator at Washington was one of the most underrated stints for an assistant coach in recent memory.
The Huskies were one of the most high-powered offenses in the Pac during their run to the season's College Football Playoff, and former Washington quarterback Jake Browning heaped praise on Smith when the coach left for the head-coaching vacancy at his alma mater. That same offensive acumen showed up in short order for the Beavers.
The emergence of Jermar Jefferson as one of the best running backs in the Pac last season was a pleasant surprise. In his place, Artavis Pierce has averaged 8.
Oregon State's also gotten improved passing from quarterback Jake Luton. Luton's thrown for eight touchdowns and no interceptions.
His favorite target, Isaiah Hodgins, is having a monster year: 23 receptions for yards with five scores. No other Beaver has more than nine receptions. The passing attack's reliance on Hodgins suggests All-American Stanford cornerback Paulson Adebo will be on that assignment plenty.
Generating pressure on Luton may be a challenge. Offensive line play is a quiet strength of this Oregon State team, loaded with veterans and allowing just two sacks through three games.
Final Analysis Conditions are ripe for an Oregon State win. Stanford's struggling, the Beavers are at home after a bye week, and the Cardinal's uncertainties on both sides of the ball are exploitable.
Stanford is bound to regroup despite their rash of injuries. The defense showed up against Oregon, giving the Cardinal a chance when the game went into the fourth quarter. The offense showed in the first halves vs.
Stanford will put those pieces together eventually. It may not be complete at Oregon State, but Stanford should avoid the first four-game losing streak of David Shaw's tenure. Follow him on Twitter kensing Top photo courtesy of BeaverFootball Event Sport:.