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No. 2 Oregon can "make things right" this season against No. 6 Stanford

  • FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2013 file photo, Oregon coach Mark Helfrich looks for a holding call in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Washington, in Seattle. Helfrich and Stanford's David Shaw shared some laughs in the offseason about questions concerning their promotions to head coach. Nobody is doubting them this week. No. 2 Oregon is undefeated heading into Thursday night's, Nov. 7, 2013, matchup at No. 6 Stanford. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2013 file photo, Oregon coach Mark Helfrich looks for a holding call in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Washington, in Seattle. Helfrich and Stanford's David Shaw shared some laughs in the offseason about questions concerning their promotions to head coach. Nobody is doubting them this week. No. 2 Oregon is undefeated heading into Thursday night's, Nov. 7, 2013, matchup at No. 6 Stanford. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILe - In this Sept. 7, 2013 file photo, Stanford head coach David Shaw argues a call with an official during the second half of an NCAA college football game against San Jose State in Stanford, Calif. Oregon's Mark Helfrich and Stanford's David Shaw shared some laughs in the offseason about questions concerning their promotions to head coach. Nobody is doubting them this week. No. 2 Oregon is undefeated heading into Thursday night's, Nov. 7, 2013, matchup at No. 6 Stanford.  (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

    FILe - In this Sept. 7, 2013 file photo, Stanford head coach David Shaw argues a call with an official during the second half of an NCAA college football game against San Jose State in Stanford, Calif. Oregon's Mark Helfrich and Stanford's David Shaw shared some laughs in the offseason about questions concerning their promotions to head coach. Nobody is doubting them this week. No. 2 Oregon is undefeated heading into Thursday night's, Nov. 7, 2013, matchup at No. 6 Stanford. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)  (The Associated Press)

Stanford's physical, old-school offense is something Oregon's defense isn't used to seeing. The Ducks are well aware of the trouble that can cause.

Last year, Oregon was ranked No. 1 and was within grasp of a national championship bid when the then-No. 14 Cardinal staged a 17-14 overtime victory over the Ducks.

Stanford is known for a more traditional offense while Oregon, of course, has perfected the uptempo spread-option that has become all the rage in college football. As a result, the Ducks' D is much more accustomed to facing teams that look a lot like, well, Oregon.

Oregon (8-0, 5-0) is ranked No. 2 this season and again vying for a shot at the championship heading into Thursday night's game against No. 6 Stanford (7-1, 5-1) in Palo Alto.