The Ducks have won 13-consecutive home season openers. On Saturday, No. 24 ranked Oregon is looking to extend that streak to 14 against Bowling Green.
Now, I know you might be thinking Bowling Green is a “cupcake” opponent and rolling your eyes, but there is plenty to watch and get excited about. If you want to be the person at the tailgate with all the facts, here are some numbers to know from the Oregon Athletic department:
High-flying offense: In Oregon’s 13-game home season opener win streak, the Ducks have averaged 57.1 points per game.
Autzen dominance: Oregon has won 20 consecutive home non-conference games dating back to 2008.
Defensive duo: Jalen Jelks and Troy Dye combined for 28.5 tackles for loss in 2017. They are the top returning tackles for loss duo in the Pac-12.
Go Herbie, go: With QB Justin Herbert in the starting lineup in 2017, Oregon posted a 6-2 record and averaged 49.1 points per game.
Freshman starter: Right tackle Penei Sewell will be first true freshman offensive lineman to start season opener since 1997 (Last true freshman to start a game on the offensive line was RT Tyrell Crosby in 2014).
Coming in hot: Junior receiver Dillon Mitchell had back-to-back 100-yard receiving games to end last season. In 2017 Mitchell led UO with 42 catches and 517 receiving yards.
Nose in the books: A first-team Academic All-American as a sophomore, Herbert holds a 4.06 GPA as a biology major.
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).
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