EUGENE - Call it the Cardinal hangover. To date Stanford opponents are just 2-6 in their next game after playing the Cardinal. Oregon will try to improve that record this week against Utah, a game that is particularly important in moving past last week's loss.
"I think our guys got punched in the gut and they've responded by working hard," said Oregon coach Mark Helfrich. "That's step one. Step something other than one is going out and getting a win and getting the taste out of your mouth."
The Cardinal play a tough grind-it out style of play, but according to Helfrich, it's other aspects that lead to team's having trouble in life after Stanford.
"I don't think it's the physical nature so much art the mental or psychological," he said.
Expect this weekend's TV commentators to dwell on the height of 6-foot-6 Utah quarterback Travis Wilson. As was the case with ASU quarterback Brock Osweiller two years ago, Wilson is the league's tallest quarterback and gains recognition because to it at times.
"If he's just tall we can deal with that, but if they can throw and run, then that adds some different dimensions. He's a guy that has been very productive at both at times," Helfrich said.
The comparisons between Wilson and Osweiller stop there, according to Helfrich, who has been impressed by the dual-threat nature of the sophomore.
"It seems like he runs better than him. I don't' remember Osweiler as that produtive of a runner, but maybe that's just my imagination or memory. He runs more than Osweiller did," he said Thursday.
Wilson is fourth in the conference for a rushing quarterback, tallying 386 yards and five scores this season.
He is just eighth in quarterback rating, throwing 16 interceptions so far this season.