It won't be any easier for Kenjon Barner after being shut down for the first time this season against California. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

Oregon Ducks Football: How to Overcome Stanford’s Defense


Stanford comes in with the best rushing defense in the nation, holding teams to 58.6 yards a game. Considering how well California stopped Oregon’s running game, how will they overcome their biggest test in the trenches?

Joe: Downfield blocking. The “trenches” isn’t how battles are won in the running game for Oregon. These battles are won by using the space out wide and taking advantage of excellent blocking from the wide receivers, namely Josh Huff. Kenjon Barner’s health is of paramount importance, and the best thing that Oregon can do to beat Stanford on the ground is to use their speed against a Stanford team that is traditionally poor against the Ducks speed and their ability in the open field.

Mike: Yes, Cal frustrated the Ducks running game but the reaction was alright. We’ll just use a passing game to unlock our speed players and find the endzone. Stanford will present problems but the past two years it’s been difficult for the Cardinal D to catch Oregon, so the chess match will be a must watch.

Ricky: This is be a close game and possibly Oregon closest game this season. The run game for the Ducks will be fine though. I say this because this year Stanford doesn’t have Andrew Luck playing quarterback. I think Barner will have another amazing game and Oregon will win.

Raymond: The Ducks just need to keep running the ball like they have all year.  You’re not going to run the ball for 300 yards every game.  I’d like to see De’Anthony Thomas get more carries.

The Autzen Zoo staff includes lead editor Brian Spaen along with staff writers Mike Vamosi, Raymond Mencke, Jr., Ricky Widmer, and contributor Joe Soriano.

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