STANFORD, Calif. — Jim Plunkett wants some company at the Heisman Trophy ceremony every year. He has watched three Stanford players finish second since he won the program's only award in 1970.

How soon the drought ends could depend largely on this week.

Andrew Luck, last year's runner-up, will take the biggest and brightest stage of his career Saturday night when he leads undefeated and third-ranked Stanford against No. 6 Oregon. A national television audience will be watching the showcase game of Stanford's season, including voters looking for Luck to seize the moment and perhaps a spot in the sport's most famed fraternity.