For confidence that it can pass such a test, the Ducks need only look back to Sept. 6, when they might have found the answer in a win against Michigan State, a team similar in style to Stanford with its pro-style, run-heavy offense and nationally renowned defense.
■ Ted Miller talks about what we learned in the Pac-12 this weekend.
■ John Canzano likes the punt return effort of Charles Nelson during the game against Cal.
■ Ken Goe wonders if there is concern regarding the defense.
■ Max Thornberry also looks at the Duck defense.
■ Dale Newton looks at the defense and offers suggestions to improve it.
The Ducks have to get better with their feet and their heads to be a better defense, and it could be that quicker, faster linebackers like Johnny Ragin III and Danny Mattingly need a bigger role in the rotation.