Oct 31, 2014 5:30 PM
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Fifth-ranked Oregon hosts Stanford on Saturday afternoon, and no doubt there are several Ducks who have considered that for the past two seasons, the Cardinal have spoiled the Ducks' national championship hopes.
In 2012, Oregon was ranked No. 1 when the fourteenth-ranked Cardinal came to Autzen and shocked the Ducks 17-14 on Jordan Williamson's 37-yard field goal in overtime.
Last season, the stakes were high on both sides, when the No. 5 Cardinal piled up a 26-0 lead after three quarters then held off a frenzied fourth-quarter rally by the No. 3 Ducks to escape with a 26-20 victory. It was later revealed that Marcus Mariota was playing injured.
This season, Stanford (5-3, 3-2 Pac-12) may be struggling, but Oregon (7-1, 4-1) is still very much in the mix for college football's first playoff.
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