Oregon-Stanford tilt brings ESPN's College GameDay back to Eugene
The undefeated and No. 1 Oregon Ducks host the No. 14 Stanford Cardinal in their regular season home finale Saturday before a national television audience.
ESPN's College GameDay will be in Eugene for the seventh time. The pre-game show will set up in the Memorial Quad and begin broadcasting at 6 a.m. Saturday on ESPNU before switching over to ESPN at 7 a.m. for the final two hours of the program. The area in primary view for the television audience will open at 4 a.m.
KICKOFF: 5 p.m. Saturday at Autzen Stadium.
WEATHER: Temperatures in the mid 40s at kickoff with 100 percent chance of rain.
WHAT TO WEAR: Oregon fans are encouraged to wear black.
- National television: ABC with Brent Musberger (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (analyst) and Heather Cox (reporter).
- Local Radio: Oregon IMG with Jerry Allen (play-by-play) and Mike Jorgensen (analyst).
- Satellite Radio: Sirius 91, XM 91.
HASHTAG: Use #STANvsUO when posting or following social media related ot Saturday's game. Instagram users may tag photos #UOGameDay. We'll post our favorite GameDay photos next week.
QUICK HITS: Oregon has won nine of the last 10 meetings. The Cardinal lead the all-time series, 44-30-1. Oregon has won 13 games in a row — the longest streak in program history and the longest current streak in the nation. The Ducks have scored at least 42 points in 13 straight games (including 11 of 49 points or more) marking the longest such streak in the BCS era.
Quarterback Marcus Mariota owns the Pac-12 record for most touchdown passes by a freshman with 28. He lead the NCAA in passing efficiency with a number of 179.96.
Five Ducks are semifinalists for national awards: Senior running back Kenjon Barner (Walter Camp, Maxwell, Doak Walker), sophomore running back De'Anthony Thomas (Maxwell), senior defense end Dion Jordan (Butkus), sophomore cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (Jim Thorpe) and Mariota (Davey O'Brien). Barner, tied for the national scoring lead (13.33 points per game) and second in rushing yards per game (143.89), also is viewed as a top candidate for the Heisman Trophy.
HONORARY CAPTAIN: Rudy Bryan, who played football for the Ducks in the 1970s and now works for a NASA contractor, is one of the honorary captains for Saturday's game.
Bryan played defensive tackle for the Ducks in 1978 and 1979, early in the Rich Brooks era, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in public affairs. Today he works for ITT Exelis, where he manages environmental safety and health for a project that communicates with deep space satellites for NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Bryan, who grew up in Barstow, is a member of the Fort Apache and Chemehuevi Indian tribes. He's speaking to Native American student groups during his visit to Oregon, including the UO Native American Student Union on Thursday afternoon.
"The Native American community was so supportive of me in those (undergraduate) days," he said. "What I'm telling students today is, remember your support groups."
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