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The Ducks on Easy Street: A non-conference preview

It doesn’t get any easier than this!

The 2012 football season is fast approaching.  Looking forward to this years schedule, Oregon looks to have a very favorable one.  All three of Oregon’s non-conference games are at home against, what I would classify as “a lesser opponent”.

ESPN has announced they will televise the home game Sept. 1st.  vs.  Arkansas State.

Arkansas State plays in the Sun Belt Conference and was 10-3 overall with a loss in the GoDaddy.com bowl game to Northern Illinois.  Both of A-states non-conference games against big conference teams were losses last year, losing to Illinois and Virginia Tech.

This year the Pac-12 television network kicks into gear.  Sept. 8th Oregon faces a familiar foe against Fresno St.  This will be the first game that Oregon will have televised on the new conference network.

Fresno will be the toughest of the three games, although Bulldog football has not been as good these last couple years.

In 2006, I was in Fresno sitting in the end-zone for a hard fought 31-24 victory over the Bulldogs.  It took a fake field goal attempt by Brady Leaf to assure the victory.  In 1996, Tony Graziani led the Ducks in one of the first OT games in college football with a 30-27 win against the bulldogs.

Overall the Ducks have faced the Bulldogs 5  times since the ’96 season, winning all 5 games.  Fresno State is coming off of a 9 loss season.

Sept. 15th, the Ducks take on Tennessee Tech.  They are a part of the Ohio Valley Conference which operates in the Midwestern and Southeastern US.  It is part of the FCS or formally known as Division I-AA.


There is no way a FCS football team will come to Autzen and beat the Ducks at home.

There is no way a FCS football team will come to Autzen and beat the Ducks at home. (photo carleyerickson.wordpress.com)

In 2007, Appalachian St. had the biggest upset victory over any FCS team in college football history.  I doubt this will be an Appalachian St. beats Michigan miracle win.

A Tennessee Tech victory would be in comparison the famous Michigan loss.

Last year Tennessee Tech played Iowa and was defeated 34-7.

Looking at this years Non-conference games, I would have to say I’m a little disappointed with the lack of competition.  It would have been nice to have a solid football team to challenge the ducks this year.

But then again, I’ll take a 3-0 automatic start to the season.

Oregon will have big changes this year

The Ducks will have plenty of time to iron it all out by Oregon’s first conference game against Arizona, which is also at home.

Five of the first 6 games for Oregon will be at home. The first road game for Oregon will be in Seattle, Washington  at Century Link Field playing Washington St.

Then, Oregon is back home against the Huskies Sept. 29th.

I believe this to be the easiest schedule to start a season that I can remember in some time.

I couldn’t quite imagine any easier possible schedule than this one in the 2012-13 season.


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