Discussion in 'Oregon Ducks' started by SlyPokerDog, Sep 13, 2014.
Is there a Pac 12 team that Wyoming is comparable to? Similar style? Skill level? What should I be looking for in this game?
Beavers. They're both shitty.
Coming off one of the their biggest September wins in program history, the Ducks close out their non-conference schedule on Saturday against Wyoming.
Here are five things to watch:
1. The health of the offensive line
You have to give the Ducks credit, this line has depth. So far, Oregon has been able to weather a season-ending injury to Tyler Johnstone and survived the second half against Michigan State with a true freshman at right tackle after Andre Yruretagoyena left with an injury. But at some point the Ducks won't be able to take any more hits. The Ducks are confident in Crosby's ability to take care of things until Yruretagoyena returns, but the once-deep position can't take any more depletion.
It's been just two games, but true freshman Royce Freeman is doing a solid job of living up to his preseason hype. Through two games, Freeman leads the Ducks with 164 yards and four touchdowns. His 23 carries only trail Thomas Tyner, yet he has 67 more yards than the Oregon sophomore. Tyner has started the last two games, but was banged up in Oregon's win over Michigan State with a shoulder stinger. If healthy, Tyner is still probably the No. 1 guy, but Freeman is stating his case for a start.
The Ducks have entertained 98-straight sellouts at Autzen Stadium and that streak likely wont end on Saturday. But don't expect the stadium to be full from the get-go. The 11 a.m. kickoff is awfully early, meaning the folks commuting from across the state are going to have to be focused when it comes to hitting the road on time. The early kick, mixed with the caliber of opponent, could mean the atmosphere Saturday in Eugene has a different feel to it than last week's standing-room only sellout against Michigan State.
4. The Bohl effect
It's no secret that Wyoming is outgunned in this one. For all the goodwill the Cowboys have earned with their 2-0 start, the fact remains they're coming into Eugene to face the No. 2 team in the nation. Nobody is expecting a win for the visitors. That being said, new Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl has quite the pedigree. In 10 seasons with North Dakota State, Bohl racked up a 104-32 record and three consecutive FCS national titles. With his two wins this season, Bohl has won 26 straight games. Mark Helfrich has 15 games as a head coach total. Wyoming might be out-talented in this one, but if the Ducks have any post-MSU hangover, Bohl will for sure have his team ready.
5. The swagger
The Ducks embraced the elephant in the room last week. You know, the whole "Oregon can't beat physical teams" bit. Despite a shaky second quarter, the Ducks took it to the Spartans in a convincing win against a then-top 10 opponent. In the win, Marcus Mariota looked like a Heisman winner, the defensive line turned in a monster performance and everyone else played the part of a playoff-caliber team. The coaches say they treat every opponent the same. If that's the case, the Oregon machine will find little resistance against the Cowboys.
I think this will be a really close game right until the kick off then the Ducks will finally squeak out a 62-17 win.
It will get closer in the second half after we bring in the 4th string.
Wow, a guy named Roxy.
This game will provide great experience to our 2nd unit.
BTW....I'd like to see Jake Lockie actually attempt some throws. He gets playing time as a backup, but not much experience because he's just handing the ball off.
Pac 12 cameras are not good.
"here... have a 1st down!"
They earned that second first.
I think the defense was like, "oh... we have to try a little bit? Well shit."
Alabama's schedule is shameful... I don't understand why they don't catch more flack for their extremely weak OOC schedule.
Maybe they could get PCC on their schedule?
That throw was just a tad risky.
Tyner is so strong.
Alo-ha Oregon? lol
Man, between Marshall, Tyner, and Royce, I'm not sure who is stronger.
Fuck, that sucked.
I don't think I would have gone back to Marshall there.
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