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Question of the Day
Oregon’s speedy spread offense against Fresno State’s re-tooled offense. The Ducks scored touchdowns on their first seven possessions against Arkansas State. Five of those scoring drives took less than two minutes. DeRuyter and defensive coordinator Nick Toth have transformed Fresno State’s 4-3 defense from last season into an attacking 3-4
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Fresno State: TB Robbie Rouse. The senior back rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns in the season opener against Weber State, for his 13th career game with more than 100 yards rushing. He needs just 10 more carries to surpass Michael Pittman (1993-97) for the most attempts in school history. In seven career games against BCS opponents, he has rushed for 536 yards and two touchdowns.
Oregon: RB De’Anthony Thomas. The multi-dimensional sophomore had three touchdowns last week against Arkansas State, with only eight total touches. To date, Thomas has 21 touchdowns in 15 career games, which is already landing him on some Heisman Trophy watch lists. He’s averaging a score every 5.7 touches.
FACTS & FIGURES
Fresno State has won just four of its last 14 road openers. … Oregon is the first of back-to-back Pac-12 opponents for the Bulldogs. They host Colorado on Sept. 15. … In two starts against BCS opponents, Derek Carr has thrown for 685 yards and three touchdowns. … Oregon plays its first four games at Autzen Stadium. … Oregon is 32-6 against nonconference opponents in the regular season since 2000. … In Oregon’s victory over Arkansas State, 14 receivers made at least one catch, most since the 2010 opener against New Mexico. … Oregon redshirt freshman QB Marcus Mariota was the first freshman to start in an opener for the Ducks since Danny O’Neil in 1991.
Florida A&M (0-1) at No. 5 Oklahoma (1-0), 6 p.m. (pay-per-view)
Line: No line.
Series Record: First meeting.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
After dropping a spot in the rankings following a 24-7 win against UTEP to start the season, Oklahoma could have a chance to smooth out the rough edges against the Rattlers of the Football Championship Subdivision. Bob Stoops’ Sooners have won all three games against FCS opponents easily, by a combined score of 170-2. The Rattlers are out for a mammoth upset, and a $650,000 payday.
Florida A&M receivers vs. Oklahoma secondary. The Rattlers suspended top receiver Lenworth Lennon, along with three other players, before going up against a defensive backfield that allowed just 48 yards passing in Week 1.
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