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Oregon Football

Predictions: Stanford

October 13, 2017
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Earlier this week we predicted how this game, and the remaining games would go for Oregon. But I feel as though a number of things have changed since those predictions.

Like the return of Charles Nelson, Nick Pickett and others. 

Also as the week has gone on, I've gotten a litlte more optimistic about this game for Oregon.

Vegas has Oregon as a 10-point underdog in this one. Which is probably pretty fair. It's hovered right around this spread all week long.

Here is what we wrote earlier this week with an updated conclusion below. 

Stanford: Oct. 14 (Away)

Jhop

Aug. Prediction: 31-30 Stanford

Oct. Prediction: 31-17 Stanford

Back in August I felt this game would be a smash-mouth type of game. I still believe that to be true today. Only difference is, Oregon is without Justin Herbert. I do expect Braxton Burmeister will be better this week, it's still not an easy game for him or Oregon.

Corpatty:

Aug. Prediction: Oregon Loses 27-24

Oregon loses its 2nd game in a row as Stanford wins a close hard-fought defensive battle. Both teams control the clock with the running game but Stanford wins as a result of a couple of costly Oregon turnovers.

Oct. Prediction: Oregon Loses 31-13

Oregon’s offense again struggles as true freshman Braxton Burmeister makes his first road start.  The defense plays well but the offense can’t keep up.

Conclusion

For starters, I don't think I can change my prediction in just under a week. That said I think this one is a lot closer than I originally expected. 

If, big if, Oregon can keep Bryce Love in check, they can keep this game close. And IF they can somehow limit his 'explosion' plays I would say they'll have a chance.

Obviously Burmeister (Or Alie) has to play better. Has to. And if it is Burmeister, I think he'll be improved. He won't be a Heisman-contender in one week, but he'll be better. Washington State had some pretty exotic looks and a ton of movement on the defensive line. Stanford won't be quite that exotic but they come to play.

If Oregon can get just enough out of Burmeister, they can win this game. I'm not saying they will. But it is Pac-12 after dark and this is a much better match-up for Oregon than Washington State was.

Now that I have you all pumped up, I'm still going 27-20 Stanford wins. But one play can change this entire game. 

 
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