No. 23 Oregon vs. Portland State: Everything you need to know

Ducks have to be ready for the early morning kickoff

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 weeks 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 States 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 havent won a game since the 2016 season, suffering 14 consecutive losses. While thats 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

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