Fresno State vs. Oregon: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Radio, Game Time and More

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent ISeptember 4, 2012

September 1, 2012; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks linebacker Boseko Lokombo (25) talks to running back DeAnthony Thomas (6) at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-US PRESSWIRE

The Oregon Ducks will host Fresno State for their second of three preseason games. What? There's no preseason in college football? Then why is Oregon starting off their season by playing Arkansas State, Fresno State and Tennessee Tech?

The fourth-ranked Ducks beat Arkansas State 57-34 in the opener, a game they led 29-0 after one quarter. This game should look similar. 

Meanwhile, Fresno State also won their opener by taking down Weber State 37-10, but new Bulldogs coach Tim DeRuyter does not have the firepower to handle Oregon. 


Where: Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon

When: Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. ET

Watch: Pac-12 Network 

Listen: Fresno State radio networkOregon radio network

Betting Line: Oregon -34.5 (according to Bet Online on 9/4)


Key Storyline: Development of Marcus Mariota

Oregon has taken a redshirt freshman in Marcus Mariota and given him the keys to a rocket ship. The 6'4" QB will be taking snaps for Oregon in an offense that finished fourth in the nation's overall offensive rankings last season. 

This is not the Ducks' typical strategy. They haven't had a freshman starting QB since 1991. The early returns on Mariota suggest they made the right choice as he chucked for 200 yards and three touchdowns in the opener—a nice day even if it was against an overpowered team. 


Who Might Not Play for Fresno State

*Injury information according to USA Today.

The lucky Bulldogs had no injuries to report. 


Who Might Not Play for Oregon

*Injury information according to USA Today.

The only listed injury for the Ducks is OL Carson York, who has a knee problem and is listed as probable. 


What They're Saying

The Oregonian's Paul Buker got in touch with the Fresno Bee's Bryant-Jon Anteola to ask him a few questions about the Bulldogs. 

Anteola had a revealing answer when asked about Fresno State trying to handle the Ducks fast-paced offense. 

Fresno State is well aware the Bulldogs will have their hands full this week trying to stop Oregon's offense. DeRuyter intentionally kept his defense pretty basic during the second half of Fresno State's 37-10 season-opening win against Weber State to try not to show Oregon too much what the Bulldogs can and want to do.

Fresno State doesn't have the speed defensively to match Oregon. But the Bulldogs have shown better ability at making open-field tackling, which had been a problem in past seasons.

Fresno State will be banking on forcing turnovers to keep it in the game and stopping the big-play strike to have any chance of an upset.

DeRuyter called Oregon easily one of the top five teams in the country, if not one of the top two.


Fresno State Player to Watch: Derek Carr, QB

Derek Carr, younger brother of former Bulldog and current Giants' QB David Carr, is making the transition from the pro-style offense Fresno ran last year, to their new spread offense. 

The early returns look great. He went 20-for-25 in the opener with 298 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. 


Oregon Player to Watch: De'Anthony Thomas, RB

Sophomore running back De'Anthony Thomas is a big play waiting to happen. As a freshman, he averaged over 10 yards per carry on his 55 touches. 

He might actually be able to better that this season. In the opener, he averaged 21.3 yards on three carries. 

Thomas also brings this big-play ability to the passing attack, and he will likely have more catches than rushes in this game. 


Key Matchup: Fresno State's defense vs. Oregon's offense

If Fresno State wants to keep this one respectable, they are going to have to find a way to slow down the Ducks' attack. 

They must be disciplined in their running lanes and aggressive in their pursuit. They also better be in great shape as the Ducks will try to run them right off the field. 


Prediction: Oregon 49, Fresno State 31

There is simply little to suggest the Bulldogs will be able to slow Oregon down. 


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