No. 20 Oregon (2-0) vs. San Jose State (0-2)
Where: Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon
When: Saturday, September 15th at 2 p.m. — Gates open at 12:30 p.m. — Tailgate begins at 8 a.m.
TV: Pac-12 Network
Play-by-Play: Roxy Bernstein
Analyst: Anthony Herron
Sideline Reporter: Lewis Johnson
Radio: Oregon IMG Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Jerry Allen
Analyst: Mike Jorgensen
Sideline Reporter: Joey McMurry
Pre-Game Show: Terry Jonz
Betting Line: Oregon (-41.5) — Over/Under = 69
History: 12-6 Oregon. The Ducks currently own a three-game win streak in the series with the last victory (and meeting) coming in 1998, which Oregon won 58-3. The quarterback for San Jose State during that game was Marcus Arroyo, Oregon’s current offensive coordinator.
Oregon Storyline: As a huge matchup looms in two weeks with No. 9 Stanford, how do the Ducks stay focused on the task at hand against a peskier-than-seems San Jose State squad? Also, for the second week in a row, Oregon faces a top-tier tight end, how do the Ducks defend San Jose State’s Josh Oliver to keep him from going off? Finally, Oregon’s rushing attack found its groove last week, does the passing offense — more specifically the dropped balls — find its form ahead of the Stanford game?
San Jose State Storyline: The Spartans were the first FBS team to lose to an FCS team this year when they dropped their season opener to UC Davis. Then after last week’s 31-0 defeat to Washington State, San Jose State is looking for something to light up and take positively into conference play. After averaging 75 rushing yards per game to begin the year, do the Spartans find a rhythm in that area?
Oregon Players to Watch: Sophomore WR Jaylon Redd; Freshman RB Travis Dye; Senior LB Kaulana Apelu; Freshman S Jevon Holland
San Jose State Players to Watch: Senior TE Josh Oliver; Junior WR Bailey Gaither; Sophomore QB Montel Aaron; Senior DB Dakari Monroe
Matchup to Watch:Oregon Passing Defense vs. San Jose State Passing Offense
Oregon Depth Chart:Click Here
San Jose State Depth Chart:Click Here
Weather Forecast: 67 degrees and cloudy at kickoff. Zero percent chance of rain with 45-percent humidity. Winds expected at 7 mph.
Prediction: With the Stanford game right around the corner, the Ducks want to come out and make a statement about who they are. Right away, quarterback Justin Herbert is dialed in and finds his receivers at will, leading to a multitude of big plays. The defense stands tall and keeps Gaither and Oliver in check. In order to prepare for Pac-12 play, head coach Mario Cristobal leaves his starters in longer than normal and the Ducks take no prisoners, showing they’re ready for the big stage the following week.
Oregon 69 — San Jose State 10