No. 16 Oregon hosts Nevada in its home opener for the 2019 season. The Ducks (0-1) look to bounce back and get their first win after a last-minute defeat to No. 10 Auburn. Can UO stop a hangover loss or will the Ducks allow the Tigers to beat them twice?
Nevada (1-0) has nothing to lose, everything to gain and intense momentum coming into Autzen Stadium. The Wolf Pack mounted a stunning comeback win over Purdue on Friday night. Oregon can still win the Pac-12 North and contend for a conference title but the Ducks need to bounce back sooner rather than later.
Here are 10 stats and numbers you need to know to be the fan dropping knowledge at the tailgate:
1. INJURY UPDATES
Two Ducks will miss the entire 2019 football season: Sophomore linebacker Adrian Jackson and true freshman wide receiver J.R. Waters both suffered season ending foot injuries.
The loss of Waters is another hit to Oregon’s wide receiving corps. The Ducks are coping with injuries to Brenden Schooler (right foot), Mycah Pittman (shoulder) and most recently Juwan Johnson, who is day-to-day with a foot injury.
Tight end Cam McCormick is also day-to-day.
2. VEGAS, BABY
Oregon is a three-touchdown home favorite over Nevada. The Ducks opened as 21.5 point favorites over the Wolf Pack, currently the Ducks are 23 point favorites. The over-under is 62 total points.
3. SEWELL VS. SEWELL
Ducks starting left tackle Penei Sewell graded out as the third-best offensive lineman and second best tackle in the Pac-12 in week one according to Pro Football Focus. The sophomore has not committed a penalty in 521 snaps in his career.
Against Nevada, Penei Sewell will face a new challenge: his brother, senior linebacker Gabriel Sewell. Gabriel Sewell led the Nevada defense in 2018 with 92 total tackles and is on watch lists for the Chuck Bednarik Award and Polynesian Player of the Year.
"I'm sure when that number is called and he has to block him, and Gabe has to take on a block, they're not going to play patty cake," Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said.
4. POSITION MOVES
As a result of the depleted wide receiving unit, Oregon has switched up its week two depth chart.
-Redshirt freshman Spencer Webb has been moved from tight end to wide receiver.
According to Cristobal, Webb’s role will be “expanded.” With Juwan Johnson out, the 6-foot-6 246-pound Webb was the large target that Herbert desperately needed against Auburn, scoring his first career touchdown -- an impressive 20-yard grab over the back of a defensive back.
-Sophomore Daewood Davis has been moved from cornerback to wide receiver.
As a redshirt freshman, Davis played receiver in seven games and had a 13-yard reception against San Jose State. He moved from wide receiver to cornerback after the season.
5. RED HOT DYE
In his 34th consecutive start, Dye recorded a game-high 15 tackles against Auburn. After a stellar 115-tackle junior season, Dye needs 106 tackles in 2019 to become Oregon’s all-time leader.
Currently, Dye leads all active Power 5 players with 328 career tackles and has 18 games with 10 or more tackles.
6. STREAKING HERBERT
Herbert has a streak of 29 consecutive games with a touchdown pass, the longest in the country. He has led Oregon to an average of 37.7 points per game over his 29 career starts, and ranks sixth among active FBS leaders in passing touchdowns (64) and eighth in passing yards (7,312).
Oregon is 6-1 all-time against Nevada, winning the last six straight. The last matchup was in 2011 when Darron Thomas matched a school record with six touchdown passes and the 13th-ranked Ducks dominated Nevada, 69-20. Last time Nevada beat Oregon was in 1947.
8. HOME OPENER DOMINANCE
Oregon owns a 14-game win streak in home openers heading into Saturday's showdown with Nevada. The streak has been fueled by an offense that has averaged 57.1 points per game over that span, outscoring their opponents by an 800-285 margin.
Also, a win would extend Oregon’s streak of consecutive wins over non-conference opponents at home to 24 that dates back to 2008.
9. THE AVALOS FACTOR
Oregon’s X-Factor in preparing for Nevada’s offense may be new defensive coordinator Andy Avalos. Avalos spent the last seven seasons at Boise State, were he gained lots of experienced facing the Wolf Pack.
10. ANOTHER FRESHMAN QB1
After facing Auburn freshman Bo Nix in his first college start, the Ducks will face another freshman quarterback in Nevada’s Carson Strong. Strong is the first Wolf Pack starting freshman since 1998.
Strong earned the starting nod midway through fall camp and had a debut. In Nevada’s win over Purdue, Strong completed 30- of-51 passes for 295 yards and three touchdowns, including commanding a game-tying and game-winning drive in a come-from-behind victory.