Oregon Ducks vs. San Jose State: What you need to know
By the numbers, stats and gambling spread
No. 20 Oregon (2-0) is looking to extend its streak of consecutive non-conference home wins to 23 against San Jose State on Saturday at 2 p.m.
In contrast, San Jose State (0-2) hasn't beaten a Pac-12 opponent since 2006.
The Spartans are near the bottom of the FBS level statistically in a number of categories; 109th in scoring offense, 110th in scoring defense, 116th in total offense, 124th in total defense.
Keys to an Oregon win
Oregon should have no problems with San Jose State. SJSU is searching for its first win of the 2018 season after dropping games to UC-Davis (44-38) and Washington State (31-0) to open the season.
The third non-conference game will be a good chance for Oregon to clean up dropped passes, miscommunications and missed tackles before the Ducks start Pac-12 conference play.
The Ducks need to be wary of interceptions, though. Against Washington State last Saturday, SJSU intercepted the ball three times. The Spartans have put a concentrated effort to win the turnover battle this season.
Most importantly, for the Ducks to “win” they must stay healthy. Even though the Ducks aren’t looking past SJSU to Stanford, their Pac-12 conference opener vs. the Cardinal is right around the corner.
Players to keep an eye on
Tight end Josh Oliver: The senior leads the team with 13 catches, averaging 6.5 receptions a game. Nine of his 13 receptions this season resulted in a San José State first down. Oliver is 6-foot-5, 250-pounds and is on the Mackey Award watch list for the nation’s best tight end.
Defensive lineman Boogie Roberts: The senior has 2.5 tackles for loss this season. He is in his fifth year as a Spartan and is the anchor of SJSU’s experienced (all seniors) front three.
Saturday will be a great opportunity for quarterback Justin Herbert to throw up insane numbers. San Jose State ranks second to last nationally defending the pass.Through his first 19 games, Herbert’s 4,450 career passing yards are the most all-time for an Oregon quarterback.
In SJSU’s first game versus UC Davis, quarterback Jake Meier threw for 446 yards. In game two, Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew threw for 414 yards.
Yes, even more than Marcus Mariota, who had 4,401 yards through 19 games.
Injury update: After suffering a concussion in the season opener, linebacker La'Mar Winston Jr. is set to return against SJSU.
Fun fact: Oregon’s offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo played quarterback for San Jose State from 1998-2002 and coached there from 2006-08. Four Oregon coaches have also coached at SJSU.
How and where to watch
Time: Saturday, Sept. 15, 2 p.m
Where: Autzen Stadium, Eugene
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Radio: Rip City Radio 620 AM