EUGENE - Last year's devastating defeat at home at the hands of the Cardinal has undoubtedly given the Ducks something to think about entering this Thursdays' game in Palo Alto. The extra motivation when coupled with the extra days of rest has created the best week of game week preparation to this point, according to coach Mark Helfrich.
Helfrcih said Monday that he believed his team was using last year's loss to help focus themselves and that it was paying dividends on the practice turf.
"We can't dwell. We can't sit around and pout about last year. We can only do something about how great our Wednesday is. I think our guys have responded really well in that regard," he said. "Collectively, our game week preparation days have been the best they've been all year."
While Oregon fans saw a first half cameo from star back De'Anthony Thomas versus UCLA, the speedster says he's "feeling good and ready to go" for this Thursday's game.
Thomas was asked if he believe the Cardinal defense could replicate last year's defensive effort against the Duck, when they held them to a season-low 14 points, and was pretty clear he felt that was unlikely this time around.
"I don't think so," he said. "I feel like [we] should put up at least forty."
Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost gave candid insight into his Stanford experience. Frost began his collegiate career under the tutelage of Bill Walsh in Palo Alto in 1993, before returning back to his home state of Nebraska to become a star quarterback for the Cornhuskers.
"I didn't like Stanford. It didn't fit me. I'm sure it's a good fit for some people. After a year and a half there, I was ready to do something else," Frost said.
He elaborated by saying the school didn't have the same love of football that he was used to.
"Obviously we weren't as good as they are now, but it just wasn't the same level of fan interest and football program that I was used to seeing growing up in Nebraska."