CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Let the feeding frenzy begin. Oregon is coming to town.
It didn't take long for Saturday's Oregon State, postgame press conference to turn into an Oregon pregame press conference. And Stanford head coach David Shaw obliged, right away acknowledging the magnitude of Saturday's showdown.
"It's big. It's big," he said. "It's the Pac-12 North game. It's not done by any stretch of the imagination for the winner of next week's game. But at the same time, it's a big game. It's at our house. They've earned the right to be the defending champions in our conference. Because that's what they are. We're going to try to give them our best game."
Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck was asked if this type of game was the reason he passed on the NFL draft and opted to return to school for another season.
"I didn't come back to solely play in big football games," he said. "I came back to play football with my buddies. It's going to be exciting, of course. You always want to play in these games. But it wasn't the end-all of the decision."
Oregon, of course, was the last team to beat Stanford -- a 52-31 defeat in Eugene, Ore., on Oct. 2 last year after the Cardinal held a 31-24 advantage at halftime and at one time a 21-3 lead. But Luck was intercepted twice and the offense was blanked in the second half.
"You can't turn the ball over," Shaw said when asked what Stanford has to do differently this year. "We have to play 60 full minutes. We can't play 58. We can't play 30 like we did last year. Offense, defense, kicking game. You gotta play 60 minutes against a great team and that's what they are."
After months of build-up, Shaw said he's not worried about his team's mental state.
"I worry more about our team's psyche for this game than for Oregon," he said. "Our guys will be focused. Our guys are mature. Our guys know it's going to take their best game to win. I'm not worried. We're going to make sure we practice the right things. Make sure we practice the scheme and techniques we want to execute. We gotta go out next week and earn our confidence going into that game."