The Ducks are 3-1 and a win Saturday over Cal would push Oregon to already match their win total from last season. What a difference a year makes!
Coach Willie Taggart and his squad are primed and ready take square off against their Pac-12 rivals, and while game day is always exciting enough, here are five reasons why we're chomping at the bit to get to kick-off at 7:35pm in Eugene.
1. Royce Freeman's Touchdowns
#21 leads the country in touchdowns this season, already having 10 to his name. Freeman is rolling and another big game against Cal will only lift his Heisman Trophy campaign. Freeman is one touchdown away from becoming Oregon's career leader for both touchdowns and points scored, which is quite the feat competing at Running Back U.
2. The Ducks Are Back at Home...
After two games on the road, Oregon is back in the rowdy confines of Autzen Stadium. Join us at our pre-game tailgate, get excited for kick-off, sing the school song (a few times!) and march to the stadium 30 minutes before Aidan Schneider launches the opening kick into the end zone or Tony Brooks-James returns another opening kick-off for a touchdown.
3. ...At Night
Can we all agree that night games bring a whole different level of energy? Under the lights, surrounded by darkness around the stadium, it's like the team is competing on a theater in the round. Celebrating Duck touchdowns with 50,000+ fans...we have chills!
4. Bring In the Recruits
According to Duck Territory (VIP account access only), there are a number of big recruits headed to Eugene for Saturday's game. Many of the recruits are taking unofficial visits and are currently juniors, meaning they won't commit for another year, however, anytime nationally-ranked players are in town is a good day. Oh...here's that list of recruits that'll be standing on the sideline Saturday.
5. Points, Points, Points
Remember when the Oregon offense was considered one of the best in the country? We all know last year was tough, but the Ducks are back. They lead the nation in total points (203) points per game (50.8), total touchdown (29) and rushing touchdown (20). The running game is on fire and Justin Herbert and the young receiving core continue to defy expectations. Here come the touchdowns!
See you at Autzen. Go Ducks!