No. 23 Oregon (1-0) vs. Portland State (0-1)
Where: Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon
When: Saturday, September 8th at 11 a.m. — Gates open at 9:30 a.m. — Tailgate begins at 7 a.m.
Broadcast Information: 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: -49.5 (Oregon)
History: 4-0 Oregon. In the last meeting between both teams, Oregon defeated Portland State 69-0 in 2010. The Ducks have beaten the Vikings by an average score of 56-7 in the series, holding them scoreless, twice.
Oregon Storyline: The Ducks got off to a slow start in last week’s season-opening victory over Bowling Green so getting off to a fast start is vital. While the Ducks should cruise over Portland State this week, the fast start is imperative to set a trend for the Pac-12 season. Portland State’s Charlie Taumoepeau is a big and talented tight end so defending him successfully could help Oregon set a precedent for when it faces Stanford in two weeks.
Portland State Storyline: The Vikings haven’t won a game since the 2016 season, suffering 14 consecutive losses. While that’s not expected to change this week, a good showing could give Portland State a lot of confidence for the rest of the season. Taumoepeau is a talent but establishing either the running game or other receivers is a must.
Oregon Players to Watch: Junior QB Justin Herbert; Sophomore RB CJ Verdell; Junior LB Troy Dye; Sophomore NT Jordon Scott
Portland State Players to Watch: Junior TE Charlie Taumoepeau; Sophomore QB Davis Alexander; Senior LB Kasun Jackett; Junior CB Maxwell Howell
Matchup to Watch: Oregon OLB/S vs. Portland State TE Taumoepeau
Oregon Depth Chart: Click Here
Weather Forecast: 64 degrees and cloudy at kickoff. Zero chance of rain with 67-percent humidity. Winds expected at 4 mph
Prediction: Oregon comes out strong from the opening kickoff and leaves the outcome in no doubt. Herbert has a big first half as the offense is unstoppable while the defense gets a few turnovers. To keep the game respectful, head coach Mario Cristobal pulls the starters early and relies on the run game. But, the Ducks are so dominant running the ball that the score keeps climbing until the final whistle blows.
Oregon 72 — Portland State 13