No. 11 Oregon vs. Fresno State (1-0)
Time: 11 a.m. PT
Where: Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Ore.
Trainer: Mario Cristobal, 4th year (25-10 in Oregon, 52-57 overall); Kalen DeBoer, 2nd year (4-3)
Last line: Oregon at 20.5
TV channel: Pac-12 network
To broadcast: Radio on 1080 “The Fan” in Portland, KUGN-AM 590 in Eugene
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What is at stake: Oregon has won 12 straight home games, 16 straight home games, and 26 straight home games without a conference. If the Ducks extend all of those streaks, they’ll ensure that next week’s Ohio State No. 4 game is the biggest game not only of their season but also on the entire college football calendar in Week 2, Tight End DJ Johnson and Safety Bennett Williams are playing against her brothers, so family rights are at stake.
Oregon Offensive vs. Fresno State Defense
Anthony Brown Jr. and Joe Moorhead, a new starting quarterback with an offensive coordinator who was never able to establish a core identity last season, face questions ahead of the season’s start. What exactly will Oregon’s offense look like when the sixth grader is on top? With just a glimpse of last season, with CJ Verdell not playing in any of the games, it’s hard to predict. But Verdell and all other key positions and offensive line starters from UO are back, which should mean an improved play in the front and a certain level of consistency.
Fresno State is putting a lot of pressure on the front and has a lot of experienced players in the first seven. Gaining pressure at the point of attack and taking a few deep shots in pristine conditions will be good signs before a big test takes place next week.
Oregon Defense vs. Fresno State Offenses
Tim DeRuyter makes his debut as Oregon’s defensive coordinator and inherits a loaded Front Seven. Kayvon Thibodeaux, Noah Sewell, Justin Flowe, and Mase Funa have tons of blue-chip talent to work with and should all be ready for big seasons. Fresno State has one of the more dynamic backs in the group of 5 in Ronnie Rivers and several receivers that can cause matchup issues, especially Jalen Cropper. The Ducks will start a freshman at the border corner and how Trikweze Bridges and Dontae Manning play in their most significant move to date will matter before a big test next week.
Did you know already?
CJ Verdell and Travis Dye collectively have the second highest career yards after scrimmage (5,366) of any returning FBS running back tandems, behind only Fresno State’s Ronnie Rivers and Jordan Mims (5,595).
Matchup to watch: Oregon’s offensive tackles against the ends of Fresno state
The Bulldogs cause a lot of chaos in opposing backfields and last season ranked third in sacks per game nationwide. Aaron Mosby and David Perales are experienced edge defenders. George Moore and Steven Jones are tested in front of the goal to protect Anthony Brown Jr. and to open the lanes while the game is in progress.
They said it:
“Do my job. That’s all. “- Oregon QB Anthony Brown Jr. on his success this week
Fresno State is 6-3 if Ronnie Rivers rushes for 100 yards. Oregon is 7-6 when it allows a 100-yard rusher under Mario Cristobal.
The last time these teams met:
Kenjon Barner and Marcus Mariota led a 42-25 UO attack on September 8, 2012. Barner had 34 carries for 201 yards and three touchdowns and De’Anthony Thomas had seven carries for 102 yards and two scores. Mariota threw for 166 yards and a touchdown as the Ducks opened a 35-3 lead, overtaking Derek Carr, Davante Adams and then Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter.
Forecast: Oregon 38, Fresno State 14