Beavers feel confident heading to Stanford

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Oregon State is a four point underdog heading into this Saturday's top 20 showdown with Stanford.

Storm Woods thinks this will be the the biggest game of his career.

"You don't want to lose these types of games," says Woods. "They're in the North, they're a pretty good team, it's another statement win.

"They're a great team. I feel like if we get this, we'll just keep building confidence."

The game will certainly have implications on the Pac-12 standings, as Stanford and Oregon State enter the match-up with just one conference loss.

"I think this could be a big statement for us if we win this game," says Jordan Poyer. "It's not going to be easy. Stanford is a really good team, very disciplined. It's going to be a dog fight."

Both Poyer and Woods are expected to play after sitting out against Arizona State last week with knee injuries.

Cody Vaz is also expected to start his fourth game this season. It will be a homecoming of sorts for Vaz, as he was a highly recruited quarterback coming out of St. Mary's high school.

"It's two top 20 teams going at it," says Vaz. "It's going to be rowdy, we just need to try and make some big plays early on to settle the place down."

Stanford enters the match-up with the top ranked rushing defense in the nation, but the Beavers say they won't abandon their ground game.

"No disrespect to the defenses, we don't care about the statistics," says Woods. "We don't care who's in front of us, we're going to do our job. If that's run, if that's block, if that's pass, it's just us."

"It's just two physical teams going at it," says Vaz. "Whoever is the most physical is going to come out on top."