Oregon Ducks vs. Nicholls State Colonels Complete Game Preview

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Oregon Ducks vs. Nicholls State Colonels Complete Game Preview
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The Black Mamba returns this Saturday

Time: 1:00 PM Saturday, August 31st

Place: Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore.

TV: Fox Sports 1

Radio: KXTG 750 

Spread: Oregon -58 (according to vegasinsider.com)


This is the season opener for both Nicholls State and Oregon, and the matchup pits together a pair of teams that have never met on the gridiron.

There are several intriguing storylines, with the most obvious one being that Saturday will bring us our first glimpse of what both these programs will look like in 2013.

The Ducks are coming off a 2012 season that saw them finish 12-1 with a victory over Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl. Hopes are high in Eugene that this year's team can carry the mantle of making it to yet another BCS game.

The Colonels find themselves in the midst of a two-year stretch that has seen just two victories total. The last look we had at this team was in Corvallis last season, where the Oregon State Beavers dished up a 77-3 beatdown.

The biggest question surrounding Oregon: what will the Ducks look like in their first live action in the post-Kelly era? Does the team appear to be picking up from where it left off last season, or will it experience a few growing pains as players continue making the transition to the new coaching regime?

For the Colonels, the only real question is how long they can stay in the game. If the Ducks haven't blown this thing wide open by halftime, that's probably as good as they could hope for. It would also be a good sign that 2013 may be the season in which things begin to slowly turn around for the program.

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