Oregon vs. Bowling Green: What you need to know
By the Numbers
No. 24 ranked Oregon is looking to extend its home opener winning streak to 14 games against Bowling Green.
High-flying offense: In Oregon’s 13-game home season opener win streak, the Ducks have averaged 57.1 points per game.
The race is on: Herbert needs just 81 passing yards against Bowling Green to reach the 4,000-yard milestone. If so, Herbert will tie program bests set by Marcus Mariota (reached 4,000 yards in 18 games) and Joey Harrington (reached 4,000 yards in 16 starts).
Betting line: Oregon is favored by 33 points.
Over/under: 72 points.
Keys to an Oregon win
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Oregon offense, led by 6-foot-6, 240-pound Herbert, a potential Heisman Trophy contender and NFL first-round pick, will not be slowed down by Bowling Green.
The Falcons don’t have an answer to senior running back Tony Brooks-James, who should shine. Duck fans will get a glimpse into Oregon’s “unpredictable” power-tempo offense.
Oregon’s defense will have a chance to tune up against Bowling Green’s passing game.
The most important key? Stay healthy and find momentum. A dominant victory will remove the unease left by the Las Vegas Bowl loss to Boise State in Crisotbal’s debut and set up the Ducks to dominate their nonconference opponents.
Players to keep an eye on
As a freshman, QB Jarret Doege started the final four games for Bowling Green. Over that four-game stretch, Doege completed 64.0 percent (80-for-125) of his passes and racked up 13 touchdowns. The Falcons averaged 35 points per game with him at quarterback.
Senior wide receiver Scott Miller lead the Falcons in 2017 with 63 catches for 722 yards, earning third team All-MAC honors.
Sophomore running back Andrew Clair averaged 6.8 yards per carry last season, rushing for 725 yards on 107 carries. He also caught 13 passes for 129 yards.
On Tuesday during practice, UO’s leading receiver, Dillon Mitchell, left practice with a trainer with an apparent injury. But the junior was practicing the next day and still moving around fluently, all while wearing the red "no contact" jersey on Wednesday.
The Falcons will have a new-look defense in 2018 after defensive coordinator Carl Pelini took over in December of 2017. Oregon’s offensive line should have no problem winning the line of scrimmage vs. BGSU’s undersized defensive line. Defensive back Fred Garth is the leading returning tackler with 58 solo stops last season in addition to 37 assists.
The Duck defense is preparing for the deep ball. During the final four games, Doege connected on eight touchdowns of 20 yards or more and two of 50 yards or more.
How and where to watch
Time: 5 p.m., Saturday
Where: Autzen Stadium, Eugene
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Radio: The Fan in Portland (1080 AM) and KUGN-AM (590) in Eugene