Saturday, September 8, 2012

Good Luck Ducks, Week 2: Bulldogs on Parade


It really says something about the Ducks when they get off to a 50-3 start, it's only the middle of the second quarter, and no one is really all that surprised. The only suspense that was removed last week was about how well freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota would perform, which turned out to be very well.

Oregon's second and third string players still have something to prove. After the fast start, the reserves put up little fight against an otherwise outmatched Arkansas St. team and will have their work cut out for them again today. If they get into the game early as they did last week, the hope is that they will not surrender more than 30 points this time around.

Fresno State is a team very familiar to Ducks fans, if not the team itself. Oregon is 6-2 lifetime against the Bulldogs, winning the last 6 straight dating back to the '90s. Longtime Fresno State coach Pat Hill is out, replaced by Tim DeRuyter. The Bulldogs beat an FCS team last week in DeRuyter's debut, so it's hard to know much about this year's team at this point. I would expect another Ducks victory in front of the home crowd this week, but I anticipate a few more bumps in the road than last week.


The first overtime in college football history! Fresno State at Oregon, back in 1996.

Game time is 3:30 PDT with "national coverage" on the Pac-12 Network. Go Ducks!

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