Fresno State (1-0) at No. 4 Oregon (1-0), 3:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
Line: Oregon by 33½.
Series Record: Oregon leads 5-2.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
This will be Tim DeRuyter's first road game as coach at Fresno State. The Bulldogs have not defeated a ranked opponent since 2004 when they beat No. 18 Virginia in the MPC Computers Bowl in Boise, Idaho. Oregon has scored 30 or more points in 14 straight games, including last weekend's home-opening 57-34 victory over Arkansas State. Fresno State has not defeated the Ducks since a 10-4 victory at Autzen Stadium in 1982.
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.