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Kelly: Best Defense This Year

Shayne Skov leads the stout Cardinal defense.

Oregon has three obstacles between them and a BCS national championship berth. That first hurdle will be the defensive-minded Stanford Cardinal.

EUGENE, Ore.,- Stanford (8-2, 6,1) is extremely stout up the front, ranking first in the nation in rushing defense, and sacks this season. Offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich recalls thinking it was a "misprint" when he looked at the Cardinal's 58.6 yards per game against the run. Head coach Chip Kelly says that the Cardinal defensive linemen and linebackers "compliment each other", labeling... Recommended Stories

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