Coming off the 40-27 loss to LSU, the now 13th ranked Ducks return to Autzen Stadium to face Nevada in the home opener. Oregon has won five straight games against the Wolf Pack which lost starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick to the NFL as well their leading rusher VaiI Taua. Nevada will come in as a 21 1/2 point underdog.
"This is what's it's about," said Nevada head coach Chris Ault. "You go to a place where you're severe underdogs. They're a great football team. A tremendous atmosphere."
But don't tell the Ducks that the Wolf Pack is an underdog.
"They ain't a big underdog to us, I'll tell you that," said Oregon head coach Chip Kelly. "13-1, beat Boise State, beat Cal, lost by six points at Hawai'i. We ain't buying that one."
"I don't look at them as an underdog," said Ducks linebacker Dewitt Stuckey. "I look at them like anyone else. I look at them like we're playing LSU again or Auburn a year ago. It's like the national championship game to me. That's how I look at it."
Oregon has won 17 of 18 home openers dating back to 1993. The only loss during that span was 30-24 defeat to Indiana in 2004. That was the Ducks' first game of the season and the Hoosiers' second game of the season. Ironically, Nevada will be playing in its first game of the season on Saturday and the Ducks will playing in their second.
On another note, coach Kelly offered no update to the status of suspended players Kiko Alonso and Cliff Harris. However, linebacker Josh Kaddu did tell the media that, "this week we get Kiko Alonso back." Kaddu did back track a bit on the comment, stating that he hasn't heard anything official from the coaching staff on Alonso's status. You can watch his interview at the end of this article.
Injured tailback Kenjon Barner practiced only in shoulder pads on Wednesday. His status has not been made known to the media.