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The Cardinal have the nation’s longest winning streak at 16 games. Stanford’s ranking is the highest for the program since 1970, and a win Saturday would give the team its first 9-0 start since 1951. With a loss, the Beavers are guaranteed a losing season. Oregon State has lost four straight to ranked teams.

KEY MATCHUP

Stanford’s rush against Oregon State’s defense. Stanford is averaging 215-plus yards on the ground, second in the Pac-12 to Oregon, and the Cardinal have scored 24 rushing touchdowns. The Beavers are ranked eighth in the conference in rushing defense, allowing opponents just over 115 yards a game and 14 touchdowns. In a 27-8 loss to Utah last week, the Beavers allowed the Utes 225 yards rushing.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Stanford: Quarterback Andrew Luck, a leading Heisman candidate, has thrown for 23 touchdowns and needs nine more this season to break the school record he set last season. Stanford is 28-5 in his career starts. But over his career with the Cardinal, he hasn’t won in the state of Oregon.

Oregon State: Receiver James Rodgers has 206 receptions for third on Oregon State’s career list, and needs seven more to match James Newson (2000-2003). Rodgers, who sat out the first two games of the season after knee surgery, has yet to have a breakout performance in his final season.

FACTS & FIGURES

Stanford has scored 121 points over the last two games, 65 against Washington and 56 against USC. … The Cardinal have won seven straight road games. … After the Beavers, Stanford returns home to face Oregon in a game that will likely decide the Pac-12 North’s representative in the league’s inaugural championship game. … Mike Riley won his first conference game against Stanford back in 1998, during his first stint as Oregon State’s coach. … The Beavers have played 20 first-time starters this season, including 10 true freshmen. … Oregon State redshirt freshman quarterback Sean Mannion has passed for 200 yards or more in the past seven games.

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No. 5 Boise State (7-0, 2-0 Mountain West) at UNLV (2-5, 1-1), 10:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network).

Line: Boise State by 41.

Series Record: Tied 3-3.

WHAT’S AT STAKE:

Another win makes Kellen Moore the winningest quarterback in college football history. Moore is tied with former Texas standout Colt McCoy with 45 wins by a quarterback all-time. For the Rebels, it’s a chance to turn around a season, extend their winning streak to two games and give the undefeated Broncos their first setback as the newest members of the Mountain West Conference.

KEY MATCHUP

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