No. 12 Oregon stands at 13-1 inside the home confines of Autzen Stadium under coach Mario Cristobal, but the Ducks’ lone home loss in his first two seasons as coach came to Stanford in 2018.
It was a wild game that required the Cardinal to climb back from a 17-point deficit to win in overtime. The win improved Stanford to 4-0 and positioned Stanford as an early-season favorite in the Pac-12.
But the Cardinal lost four of their next five games, finished the 2018 season unranked and only slipped further in 2019 as they finished 4-8 after averaging more than 10 wins per season during David Shaw’s first eight as coach.
So as Stanford returns to Autzen Stadium for the first time since that memorable win over the Ducks two seasons ago, the program could use an upset win to restore its national reputation and jumpstart a return to the glory years.
Oregon, meanwhile, needs a victory on the first weekend of the Pac-12’s season to show it is a good enough team to warrant a College Football Playoff spot despite the fact that it is only scheduled to play a seven-game season.
The shortened season raises the stakes of every snap for the Ducks and leaves them little margin for error as they progress into a new offensive era without Justin Herbert at quarterback. Odds via William Hill Sportsbook