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Thomas: We should hang 'at least' 40 on Stanford

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07:31 AM ET 11.05 | With a West Coast showdown nearing, one with clear national title implications, Oregon and Stanford have more than enough on the line this coming Saturday -- and that's before one of the Ducks' stars injected a little invective into the proceedings. Last year, Oregon lost its only game of the season 17-14 in overtime to Stanford. But [De'Anthony Thomas] is confident this year's team won't be held to two touchdowns. "I don't think so," Thomas told Oregon's official website. "I feel like, this team, we should at least put up 40." Slowing down Oregon's offense will be the top priority for Stanford when the fifth-ranked Cardinal (7-1, 5-1 Pac-12) host No. 3 Oregon (8-0, 5-0) on Thursday night in a matchup of the winners of the past four Pac-12 championships.

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De'Anthony Thomas, Icon Sports De'Anthony Thomas, Icon Sports
November 5, 2013  07:46 AM ET

And so it begins. Thursday can't get here soon enough.

November 5, 2013  07:51 AM ET

He said "should" not "will".

Is this PC smack talk?

November 5, 2013  07:57 AM ET

Nothin' like bulletin board material.

November 5, 2013  07:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Nothin' like bulletin board material.

My thought exactly, Harley... Of course, there's the little matter of doing something about it.

November 5, 2013  08:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Nothin' like bulletin board material.

GTH, I was thinking the same thing!!! :-)

November 5, 2013  08:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

My thought exactly, Harley... Of course, there's the little matter of doing something about it.

Hiya, Otis!

There is a corollary: It ain't smacktalk if you can back it up.

November 5, 2013  08:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

GTH, I was thinking the same thing!!! :-)

Mornin' OT! So why the heck is this most important game of the season being played on a Thursday night? What was the PAC-12 thinking?

November 5, 2013  08:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Mornin' OT! So why the heck is this most important game of the season being played on a Thursday night? What was the PAC-12 thinking?

Same thing the moronic Big 12 was in scheduling the Baylor/OU game on Thursday.

November 5, 2013  08:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

GTH, I was thinking the same thing!!! :-)

Hey OT, you asked about SOS last week. Here's the Nov 2 avg from the 6 main computers for the top teams. I have for all 125 if you have a specific question:

Alabama 51.8
Florida State 35.4
Stanford 12.8
Oregon 57.6
Arizona State 13.0
Missouri 22.2
Ohio State 70.8
Baylor 91.3
South Carolina 10.6
BYU 22.6
Auburn 39.8
Georgia 2.0
USC 15.6
Miami 53.2
Clemson 34.8
LSU 35.6
Oklahoma 40.6
Washington 14.0
Texas A&M 43.2
Virginia Tech 37.4
Ole Miss 7.4
Notre Dame 28.2
Central Florida 77.8
UCLA 31.2
Wisconsin 55.8
Oklahoma State 61.8
Utah 6.0
Louisville 104.6
Michigan State 73.2
Arizona 65.4
Georgia Tech 35.6
Texas 40.2
Florida 7.2
Michigan 55.0
Texas Tech 66.0

November 5, 2013  08:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Same thing the moronic Big 12 was in scheduling the Baylor/OU game on Thursday.

best single day of games all year, don't knock it

November 5, 2013  08:30 AM ET

I don't see why not. A fat running back ran for 150 yards last night in the Green Bay game.

November 5, 2013  08:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Hey OT, you asked about SOS last week. Here's the Nov 2 avg from the 6 main computers for the top teams. I have for all 125 if you have a specific question:Alabama 51.8 Florida State 35.4 Stanford 12.8 Oregon 57.6 Arizona State 13.0 Missouri 22.2 Ohio State 70.8 Baylor 91.3 South Carolina 10.6 BYU 22.6 Auburn 39.8 Georgia 2.0 USC 15.6 Miami 53.2 Clemson 34.8 LSU 35.6 Oklahoma 40.6 Washington 14.0 Texas A&M 43.2 Virginia Tech 37.4 Ole Miss 7.4 Notre Dame 28.2 Central Florida 77.8 UCLA 31.2 Wisconsin 55.8 Oklahoma State 61.8 Utah 6.0 Louisville 104.6 Michigan State 73.2 Arizona 65.4 Georgia Tech 35.6 Texas 40.2 Florida 7.2 Michigan 55.0 Texas Tech 66.0

SG, great info!!! Thanks my friend!!!!!!!

November 5, 2013  08:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

best single day of games all year, don't knock it

Yeah, but we could have one during the slot Saturday at noon where they'll show something crappy because of conference affiliation.

CONFERENCE REALIGNMENT SUCKS.

November 5, 2013  08:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Mornin' OT! So why the heck is this most important game of the season being played on a Thursday night? What was the PAC-12 thinking?

GTH good morning. I agree, the game should be on Saturday, but there will be quite a few big games on this weekend.

November 5, 2013  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Mornin' OT! So why the heck is this most important game of the season being played on a Thursday night? What was the PAC-12 thinking?

Tell you one thing Harley we will all be watching. Dude this is gonna have huge ratings. Great move PAC 12 Delaney . . . take note.

November 5, 2013  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Hey OT, you asked about SOS last week. Here's the Nov 2 avg from the 6 main computers for the top teams. I have for all 125 if you have a specific question:Alabama 51.8 Florida State 35.4 Stanford 12.8 Oregon 57.6 Arizona State 13.0 Missouri 22.2 Ohio State 70.8 Baylor 91.3 South Carolina 10.6 BYU 22.6 Auburn 39.8 Georgia 2.0 USC 15.6 Miami 53.2 Clemson 34.8 LSU 35.6 Oklahoma 40.6 Washington 14.0 Texas A&M 43.2 Virginia Tech 37.4 Ole Miss 7.4 Notre Dame 28.2 Central Florida 77.8 UCLA 31.2 Wisconsin 55.8 Oklahoma State 61.8 Utah 6.0 Louisville 104.6 Michigan State 73.2 Arizona 65.4 Georgia Tech 35.6 Texas 40.2 Florida 7.2 Michigan 55.0 Texas Tech 66.0

Is this the same computer (Jeff Sagarin) that says Northern Illinois is the #4 team in the country?

These SOS and computer rankings are all HIGHLY suspect. For the love of GOD quit quoting me this C R A P .

Here it is guys: give me the human polls any day of the week. I will live with an averaged, broad, human sampling of a ranking scheme way before I will let some nerd from MIT (or tOSU in the case of Jeff Sagarin) who didn't get picked during recess football to determine plays for the NC.

SOS is a joke. End of discussion.

November 5, 2013  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

...Here it is guys: give me the human polls any day of the week...

That's the equivalent of scoring judges in Olympic women's figure skating.

November 5, 2013  09:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Is this the same computer (Jeff Sagarin) that says Northern Illinois is the #4 team in the country?These SOS and computer rankings are all HIGHLY suspect. For the love of GOD quit quoting me this C R A P .Here it is guys: give me the human polls any day of the week. I will live with an averaged, broad, human sampling of a ranking scheme way before I will let some nerd from MIT (or tOSU in the case of Jeff Sagarin) who didn't get picked during recess football to determine plays for the NC.SOS is a joke. End of discussion.

It was an average of the top six.

Totally disagree. Human polls are totally influenced by where a team began, the reputation/perception/name on jersey and the pimping machine that is behind them.

Now, if the pollsters were free of all that, then I would agree. They aren't. Fact is, they are probably bought/sold like our politicians.

November 5, 2013  09:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

That's the equivalent of scoring judges in Olympic women's figure skating.

At least those judges have criteria they are SUPPOSED to follow.

Think a better analogy are the judges at a beauty contest.

 
November 5, 2013  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Is this the same computer (Jeff Sagarin) that says Northern Illinois is the #4 team in the country?These SOS and computer rankings are all HIGHLY suspect. For the love of GOD quit quoting me this C R A P .Here it is guys: give me the human polls any day of the week. I will live with an averaged, broad, human sampling of a ranking scheme way before I will let some nerd from MIT (or tOSU in the case of Jeff Sagarin) who didn't get picked during recess football to determine plays for the NC.SOS is a joke. End of discussion.

This are the average of the 6 most common SOS calculations. They are all individually suspect, but when averaged, have real value.

No, I don't use the BCS required ranking numbers that Sagarin uses, but his SOS is usually a component of a good indicator.

You want human polls? The same ones that had a Harris voter refusing to include his greatest rival even though they were undefeated?

The same polls that included Spurrier listing Duke just because?

The same ones that had coaches saying they intentionally voted schools in their conference higher and others lower because it affected their bottom line?

The same one where coaches voted for all of their former asst's to help them get bonus checks for being ranked?

The same polls where writers admitted they didn't stay up for the west coast games?

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