The Oregon Ducks have a high-octane offense headlined by speedsters LaMichael James, Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas. Behind this trio and an efficient passing attack led by Darron Thomas, Oregon is averaging 46.0 points per game this season, fifth-best in the country. Stanford, by comparison, is averaging 48.2 points per game, third-best in the nation.
Needless to say, Saturday's match-up featuring the two best teams in the Pac-12 could turn into a high-scoring affair. The most that Oregon has scored against a Top Five opponent away from home in the history of its football program is 38 points, which came in a 41-38 OT loss to the UCLA Bruins back in 1998, according to Andy McNamara. That total may not be enough if both teams get hot on offense this weekend.
The Cardinal, ironically, scored exactly 38 points in their last game against the Oregon State Beavers, but had posted four-straight games of over 38 points (with totals of 45, 48, 44 and 65 points) prior to that. If those games are any indication, 38 points may not be enough against Andrew Luck and the Cardinal.
The Ducks should have faith in their ability to break their 38-point record based on recent history. Since 2007, Oregon has recorded totals of 55 and 51 points at Stanford on their way to victories. If the Ducks can approach those totals this weekend against Stanford's 11th-ranked defense, Oregon should have a good chance to beat Stanford while setting a new school record in the process.