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Missouri St. Bears vs. Oregon Ducks Week 3 Preview

Oregon Football Week 3 Preview

That’s more like it, Ducks.

After a crushing loss to LSU in Week 1, Oregon showed no ill effects in Week 2 against Nevada, romping 69-20. Oregon rolled up more than 600 yards of total offense in a vintage performance.

If they could flirt with 70 points against Nevada, what will the Ducks do at home to Missouri State of the FCS this week?

Missouri State Bears @ (12) Oregon Ducks
Saturday, September 17, 3:30 p.m. ET
Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Oregon
Favorite: OFF as of presstime
Matchup Info

“The scoreboard looked normal. So that was nice.”

Offensive tackle Carson York summed the game up perfectly. Everything clicked for Oregon’s offense last Saturday. The explosiveness was back.

LaMichael James hinted at a return to last season’s’ brilliance with 12 carries for 67 yards, two catches for 56 yards and two total touchdowns. But the game belonged to the Thomases: Darron and De’Anthony.

Missouri State (0-1) at No. 14 Oregon (1-1)

Quarterback Darron Thomas was amazingly efficient, throwing for six touchdowns. He tallied all those scores and 295 yards despite completing just 13 passes (on 19 attempts).

Freshman De’Anthony Thomas had a breakout game. He rushed for 81 yards on just eight carries and caught two passes, both of which went for touchdowns. He led the team with 93 receiving yards.

It was great to see Oregon romp offensively. But was the news all good? Nevada only totalled 20 points but gouged the Ducks for 516 yards of offense.

The Wolf Pack ripped off 283 rushing yards.

Will the ugly defensive performance matter in Week 3? Highly unlikely. Missouri’s last game against a major school came in Week 1. The Bears lost 51-7 to Arkansas.

Ducks fans should expect a blowout at least that big and probably bigger.

But the Ducks would do well to use Week 3 as a defensive tuneup. After the cupcake matchup against Missouri State, life gets tougher. Conference play will begin on September 24 with a trip to Arizona. Will Oregon’s “D” be ready?

It certainly helps that star cornerback Cliff Harris has been reinstated. His suspension was lifted prior to the Nevada game and he should be sharper this week.

Oregon’s defensive questions will be answered later this season. For now, we can sit back and enjoy the ride for at least one more easy week.

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