No. 24 Oregon (7-6, 4-5 Pac-12 in 2017) vs. Bowling Green (2-10, 2-6 MAC in 2017)
Where: Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon
When: Saturday, September 1st at 5 p.m. — Gates open at 3:30 p.m. — Tailgate begins at 11 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 (-34.5) — Over/Under = 72.5
History: First ever meeting between both teams
Oregon Storyline: It’s the start of a new era for the Ducks as Mario Cristobal takes over the program after being offensive coordinator last year. Quarterback Justin Herbert could make an early-season statement to his Heisman campaign with a bang against a very beleaguered Falcons defense. Also, the Ducks have eight offensive linemen who are expected to play vital roles; we’ll see how that all shifts around. Defensively, Bowling Green’s tall and athletic wide receivers will give the Ducks pass defense a good test, a category the Ducks have been subpar in the past few years.
Bowling Green Storyline: When sophomore quarterback Jarret Doege played in the final four games last year, the Falcons offense was brought to life. Although they went 1-3 in those games, Bowling Green believes it had something special brewing; curious to see if it rolls over into this season. Defensive coordinator Carl Pelini was brought in (along with four other defensive coaches) to revamp the Falcons defense and keep them from being the college football bottom dwellers.
Oregon Players to Watch: Junior quarterback Justin Herbert; Senior running back Tony Brooks-James; Sophomore cornerback Thomas Graham Jr.; Senior defensive end Jalen Jelks
Bowling Green Players to Watch: Sophomore quarterback Jarret Doege; Senior wide receiver Scott Miller; Sophomore running back Andrew Clair; Senior rover Fred Garth
Matchup to Watch: Oregon DB’s vs. Bowling Green WR’s
Oregon Depth Chart:Click Here
Bowling Green Depth Chart:Click Here
Weather Forecast: 77 degrees and sunny at kickoff. Zero chance of rain with 33-percent humidity. Winds expected at 13 mph
Prediction: After the players vouched and signed a petition to keep Cristobal as head coach, I think Oregon makes a statement in the opening game. The Ducks’ offense is too fast and physical and the defense, particularly the defensive backs, step up and force a turnover or two.
Oregon 62 — Bowling Green 17