NCAA Football

Oregon vs. Nevada: What to Watch For

Here are some notes to take away from Oregon’s match up with Nevada.

  • Middle linebacker Kiko Alonso has been reinstated and will play against Nevada. No word on whether or not he’ll start, but either way the troubled thumper figures to see plenty of the field. Still no word on the status of star CB Cliff Harris.
  • Nevada’s gameplan will likely revolve around a strong run game operating behind an experienced and talented offensive line. However, LSU’s line and RB’s were on a different level than Nevada and Oregon held them in check. If they can duplicate last week’s performance the Wolfpack are in for a long day.
  • One of the only ways Nevada can keep pace with the Ducks is if they can force turnovers, a serious problem for Oregon in their last game. Good decision-making and ball security should be priority #1 for Chip Kelly’s squad.
  • The Ducks have lost two in a row dating back to last season, both games against extremely talented SEC squads that have held a physical advantage over them. That’s not going to be the case against Nevada. Look for Oregon’s playmakers to break big ones against a defense that shouldn’t be able to contain them.
  • While the Ducks already have a game under their belt, Nevada is going to have to deal with early game jitters as well as a hostile Oregon crowd. If Oregon can pounce early and force Nevada into the situation they found themselves in last week, there could be some really crooked numbers on the scoreboard.
  • Kenjon Barner was seen after practice moving around just fine, with no walking boot. His status for the game is unclear but it appears he’s avoided any serious injury.
  • The Pac-12 has looked bad early this season. A big Oregon win would help quell some doubts that some might have about the conference.

I don’t expect Oregon to look like a well-oiled machine after looking lost most of last game, but I don’t see it mattering much for the outcome of the game, only for the spread. The Ducks have too much talent for this to be close. 46-20 Ducks.