RECORDS: Stanford 6-1, 4-1 Pac-12; Oregon State 6-1, 4-0

KICKOFF: 7:30 p.m., at Reser Stadium, Corvallis, Ore.

TV: ESPN

RADIO: 1050-AM

SERIES HISTORY: Stanford leads 51-26-3 and has won three in a row, including a 27-24 victory last year.

STORYLINES: Stanford must win to keep pace with Oregon State and Oregon in the competitive Pac-12 North. If the eighth-ranked Cardinal runs the table, it wins the division. ... Oregon State is in the bottom half of the conference in most major defensive categories, including points allowed. This has the potential to be the highest-scoring Stanford game of the season. ... The Beavers have beaten 10 ranked teams since the start of the 2006 season. ... Stanford's only conference losses since the start of last year are on the road to unranked teams (Washington and Utah). OSU isn't ranked ... Cardinal kicker Jordan Williamson won't play (leg). His replacement, redshirt freshman Conrad Ukropina, made 1 of 2 field goals last week.

INJURY UPDATE: Stanford -- DE Henry Anderson (knee), K Jordan Williamson (leg) and WR Devon Cajuste (knee) are out. Oregon State -- LB Michael Doctor (foot), G Roman Sapolu (foot) and TE Connor Hamlett (knee) are out; TE Caleb Smith (ankle) is questionable.

MATCHUP TO WATCH: Stanford's rugged defensive front seven against Oregon State's patchwork offensive line. ... The Cardinal has a two-pronged challenge: Stuff Oregon State's running game, thus making the Beavers one-dimensional; and pressure quarterback Sean Mannion. Sacks aren't essential; the goal is to disrupt Mannion's rhythm. ... The Beavers, in turn, must generate yards on the ground to keep Stanford's pass rushers guessing. OSU averages just 73.7 rushing yards per game.


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STATS THAT MATTER: Stanford's Ty Montgomery leads the nation in kickoff returns (35.2 yards/return), while OSU is ninth in the Pac-12 in kickoff coverage. ... The Cardinal converts 51 percent of its third downs; OSU converts 44.8 percent. ... Stanford leads the league in red zone efficiency, with 22 conversions in 24 attempts. ... The Beavers are No. 2 in the conference in turnovers forced (19).

-- JON WILNER