After beating the Arkansas State Red Wolves to start the season on a positive note, the Oregon Ducks followed their week one suit by blowing out the Fresno State Bulldogs by a scoreline of 42-25.
Oregon will now face the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles as they look to ease into their Pac-12 schedule with a 3-0 record.
Matchup: Tennessee Tech at Oregon
Venue: Autzen Stadium (Eugene, OR)
Game Time, TV: 12:00 PM (PST), Pac-12 Networks
Date: Saturday, September 15, 2012
Team Records: Tennessee Tech (2-0), Oregon (2-0)
Standings: Oregon (T-1st in PAC-12), Tennessee Tech (T-1st in OVC)
The Ducks used yet another impressive offensive burst in the first half of their game against Fresno State to put the game away before halftime, with a comfortable 35-6 lead heading into the locker room.
Though the Bulldogs would put some pressure on the Ducks by forcing turnovers in crucial locations, the Ducks used a 16 yard scamper by Kenjon Barner to give the Ducks a 17 point lead and all but seal the game.
The Golden Eagles, an FCS team from the Ohio Valley Conference, also jumped out to a 2-0 record as they, just like the Ducks, have been showcasing an impressive offensive attack.
The meeting between Tennessee Tech and Oregon on Saturday will be the first meeting between the two teams as they both gear up for a season that could see them put together impressive records in their respective divisions.
The Ducks will be without the services of John Boyett and Carson York as the two are out with injury. Boyett, a senior safety for the Ducks, recently left for his home in California to get surgery on a knee problem that has been lingering for around a year now. York, like Boyett, underwent surgery on his knee this past week and will be out for the rest of the season.
While these are two big losses for the Ducks, Oregon remains confident that they will be able to remain just as productive on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.
Da’Rick Rogers, who had a notable departure from Tennessee to Tennessee Tech this past August, will be facing the Ducks for the second time in his college career. Rogers faced the Ducks in 2010 when the Ducks traveled to Volunteer Stadium and beat up on the Volunteers.
What to watch: Tennessee Tech
The players to watch on the Tennessee Tech side of the ball will be quarterback Tre Lamb and the aforementioned wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers.
Like the Ducks, the Golden Eagles run a spread offense that has shown the ability to points on the board in an efficient manner. Lamb has been essential to the fast-pace of Tech’s offense and will be very interesting to watch as he tries to be successful against an Oregon defense that has not given up a touchdown in the first half of a game yet.
Rogers will likely try to exploit Oregon’s youthful secondary as he faces the Ducks for the second time in his college football career. Look for the Golden Eagles to go to him often as they try to muster something up against the Ducks at Autzen Stadium.
What to watch: Oregon Ducks
The main player and positional unit to watch for the Ducks will be Avery Patterson and the Oregon secondary unit. Already heading into the season as one of the only questionable groups on the Duck football team, the Oregon secondary took a huge hit when they lost John Boyett for the rest of the season.
Though Patterson has already seen plenty of playing time during his career as a Duck, it will be interesting to see whether or not he can step into the same role as Boyett and equal the star safeties’ production from recent years.
Matchup to watch: Da’Rick Rogers vs. Oregon Secondary
No surprise here.
The Oregon secondary will definitely be tested by Da’Rick Rogers and the passing attack of the Golden Eagles.
Expect to see Tennessee Tech throw the ball early and often as they try everything they can to find just one weakness on a Duck football team that still looks to be a BCS National Championship contender.
The best part of this game for Tennessee Tech will be the big paycheck that they come out of Autzen Stadium with.