Oregon lost a few players last week at Nebraska, but the team remains optimistic entering Pac-12 play. The Ducks kick off their conference slate today, hosting the Colorado Buffaloes at Autzen Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. PT.
Here's everything you need to know about today's football action:
Week 4 — Oregon Ducks (2-1, 0-0 Pac-12) vs. Colorado Buffaloes (2-1, 0-0 Pac-12)
Date: Saturday, September 24, 2016
Time: 2:37 p.m. PT
Place: Autzen Stadium (Eugene, Ore.)
TV: Pac-12 Network
Radio: 590AM (Eugene); 750AM/102.9FM (Portland)
Online Radio: Oregon IMG Sports Network
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Odds: Oregon (-10.5)
Kickoff Weather: Cloudy, 52°
For today’s game, your Ducks will actually look like... ducks.
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At A Glance
- Oregon Ducks (2-1, 0-0 Pac-12) — Talking points after a loss are rarely fun, and after Oregon’s 35-32 setback at Nebraska last week, the conversations have revolved around injuries, penalties and two-point conversions… Wide receiver Devon Allen and offensive lineman Tyrell Crosby are both out for 2016, while All-America running back Royce Freeman is day-by-day. The Ducks’ depth will certainly be tested… Last week, the Ducks gave the Huskers 126 yards on 13 penalties. While it’s great they’re playing with aggression, they need to clean it up a little bit… Also against Nebraska, Oregon went for two after each of its five touchdowns. The first two-point attempt was successful. The other four? Not so much. Still, coach Mark Helfrich looks like he might be standing by the strategy:
"We need to coach it better," Helfrich said. "That would be like if we throw an incompletion that we're not going to throw the ball again. That's not how we're going to operate. Are there things we can do fine-tuning and different? Sure.”
- Colorado Buffaloes (2-1, 0-0 Pac-12) — Oregon may lead this series 12-8, having won the past six meetings, but Colorado is not a team to overlook this season… The Buffaloes opened the season with blowouts over Colorado State and Idaho State before carrying that momentum into The Big House at No. 4 Michigan last week. The Buffaloes jumped out to a 21-7, first-quarter lead in front of the largest crowd that any Colorado team has ever played in front of (110,042 in attendance), but a mixture of injuries and special teams play led to their 45-28 downfall… Still, over three games, the Buffaloes have allowed 718 yards or 239.3 yards per game, which ranks them fourth in the nation… Colorado has relied more heavily on its passing game, totaling 304.7 yards through the air and 195.3 on the ground.
- Injury Bug — The injury bug decided to bite both the Buffaloes and the Ducks. For Colorado, outside linebacker Derek McCartney (knee) and kicker Diego Gonzalez (Achilles) are both out for the season, while quarterback Sefo Liufau (ankle) is considered day-to-day. For Oregon, wide receiver Devon Allen and offensive lineman Tyrell Crosby are both done for the year, while running back Royce Freeman is day-to-day.
- Milestone Watch — Kicker Aidan Schneider needs just one field goal to move into fourth in career FGs at Oregon and two to move into third. (We’ll see if he ever gets there with all these two-point attempts!)
In Their Words
Below, you’ll find interviews from Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich and offensive lineman Jake Hanson, as well as a preview from Andy McNamara and Rob Mosley of GoDucks.com.
"Defensively, they've been outstanding," said head coach Mark Helfrich on the Buffaloes. "Obviously, the Idaho State game is the outlier. Idaho State, I think they had 96 yards of total offense or something like that, so that'll help the stats, but they're really good defensively and have been for the past several years. This year, I think they're significantly different and better offensively and in special teams... They're playing with a bunch of confidence after that Colorado State game, that Idaho State game and then jumping out on Michigan."
"We're very disappointed," offensive lineman Jake Hanson said, in regards to losing Tyrell Crosby for the season. "Him being able to come back from his original injury, which wasn't too severe, and being able to play on that, it showed that he had a lot of heart and a lot of guts, and we really appreciated that because we needed him and he's one of the best o-lineman in the conference, so it's obviously a huge help. It really just sucks honestly, because he's out for the year, and you can't really replace a guy like that."
"They lose Tyrell Crosby, preseason All-American, offensive tackle, for the season," said Andy McNamara of GoDucks.com. "They lose Devon Allen, Olympian, a guy that had a couple monster catches and a huge game early in the season. They lose him for the rest of the year due to injury. They lose Royce Freeman in this game. Royce will be back, but only played two offensive series... Maybe the next-man-up mantra has gotten a bit tired with fans, but just the overall optimism and I guess dedication to practicing and business as usual, it has been nice to see this week."