- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

Wyoming (2-0) at No. 2 Oregon (2-0), 2 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

Line: Oregon by 43.

Series Record: First meeting.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

With a victory over Michigan State last weekend, Oregon moved up a spot in the rankings to No. 2 and became an early season favorite for a spot in college football’s new playoff. The Ducks have scored 14 touchdowns and are averaging 582 yards a game. Wyoming is coming off the 300th win in program history, a come-from-behind 17-13 over Air Force last weekend.

KEY MATCHUP

Wyoming’s offense against Oregon’s defense. Given that even Michigan State’s stout defense couldn’t hold back Ducks’ high-flying offense for very long last Saturday, perhaps the Cowboys’ best tactic is to ride the arm of poised senior quarterback Colby Kirkegaard, who threw for 282 yards and two touchdowns last Saturday against Air Force, including the game-winning TD with 58 seconds left.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Wyoming: LB Jordan Stanton was named the Mountain West defensive player of the week after 13 tackles, nine solo, and a sack. Air Force was leading the game 10-7 and decided to go for it on fourth-and-1 when Stanton hit fullback Broam Hart, knocking the ball loose for a fumble that was recovered by Wyoming. The Cowboys capped the series with a field goal to tie the game.

Oregon: QB Marcus Mariota has thrown for six touchdowns and run for another this season. He now holds the Oregon record with 69 passing TDs. The junior also eclipsed the Oregon career record for total offense and now has 8,479 yards, passing Bill Musgrave with 8,140.

FACTS & FIGURES

The Cowboys and Nevada are the only undefeated teams left in the Mountain West Conference. … Wyoming senior WR Dominic Rufran caught six passes for 119 yards against Air Force. … Wyoming has three penalties for 19 yards this season to lead the nation. … Mariota needs 73 passing yards to reach 7,000 for his career. … Wyoming is the only team in the current Mountain West Conference that Oregon has never faced.

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