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Oregon and Stanford are looking forward to Thursday night showdown after short break

  • Stanford's head coach David Shaw prior to an NCAA college football game against Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore., Saturday Oct. 26, 2013. Stanford beat Oregon State 20-12. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)

    Stanford's head coach David Shaw prior to an NCAA college football game against Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore., Saturday Oct. 26, 2013. Stanford beat Oregon State 20-12. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)  (The Associated Press)

  • Stanford's Tyler Gaffney (25) celebrates his third touchdown against Oregon State with Kodi Whitfield (9) and Joshua Garrett (98) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Corvallis, Ore., Saturday Oct. 26, 2013. Stanford beat Oregon State 20-12. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)

    Stanford's Tyler Gaffney (25) celebrates his third touchdown against Oregon State with Kodi Whitfield (9) and Joshua Garrett (98) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Corvallis, Ore., Saturday Oct. 26, 2013. Stanford beat Oregon State 20-12. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)  (The Associated Press)

  • Oregon State's Scott Crighton (95) grabs Stanford's quarterback Kevin Hogan (8) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Corvallis, Ore., Saturday Oct. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)

    Oregon State's Scott Crighton (95) grabs Stanford's quarterback Kevin Hogan (8) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Corvallis, Ore., Saturday Oct. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)  (The Associated Press)

Second-ranked Oregon and sixth-ranked Stanford get a break next weekend before a Thursday night clash in Palo Alto, Calif., that qualifies as one of the biggest games of the season. But it sounds as if neither team will be doing a lot of resting.

The Ducks (8-0, 5-0 Pac-12) are coming off a 42-14 victory Saturday night over UCLA. The Bruins played tough in the first half, tying the game at 14 at the break, but Oregon pulled away with 28 unanswered points in the second half.

Oregon remained at No. 2 in the AP Top 25 released Sunday behind top-ranked Alabama. The Bruins fell from No. 12 to 17.

Stanford (7-1, 5-1) jumped to No. 6 in the AP rankings, boosted by a physical 20-12 victory over Oregon State.