If the 2018 Oregon football team doesn’t start the season 3-0, something will have gone horribly wrong.
Today, it was announced that Oregon and Portland State have signed a contract for the two teams to face each other on September 8, 2018 at Autzen Stadium.
The last time these two schools faced each other was in 2010 when the Ducks cruised to a 69-0 win. In that game, LaMichael James rushed for 232 yards and two touchdowns while Darron Thomas completed 9-of-18 passes for 140 yards with four touchdowns and one interception. Oregon is 4-0 all-time against Portland State.
Oregon will open the 2018 season on September 1 when they face Bowling Green. The Ducks will wrap up their non-conference schedule with a game against San Jose State. All three non-conference games will be at Autzen Stadium.
Oregon will pay $550,000 to Portland State and $1.6 million to San Jose State for the games in Eugene. Games like these are generally considered as a win-win for both programs as the FBS powerhouse gets what is essentially a tune-up game before their tougher conference games, while the smaller program gets a big pay day and a chance to get their school’s name out there while giving their athletes a chance to play in a bigger stadium in front of more people on television.