What’s at stake when Nevada visits Oregon Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
Oregon: The Ducks are following a script from 2011 by opening with a loss against a Southeastern Conference team in Arlington, Texas before returning home to face Nevada. Oregon would be happy continue on the path from eight years ago when it finished 12-2 with a Pac-12 championship before defeating Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. The 2011 Ducks blew out Nevada 69-20 on a day when Darron Thomas tied the school record with six touchdown passes. Justin Herbert, who had a scholarship offer from Nevada before Oregon went after him, has since tied the record and could take a shot at seven scoring passes against the Wolf Pack. Another large margin of victory over Nevada would be appreciated by the fans who have been grumbling about game management and a conservative offense following Saturday’s 27-21 loss against Auburn that may have immediately ended any national-title dreams for the Ducks and their fans. If Nevada is still hanging around in the middle of the third quarter, Autzen Stadium could take on a nervous silence from the fans who expect the Wolf Pack to be put away before it is time to stand and scream “Shout”.
Nevada: A win at Oregon would go down as one of the biggest in school history for the Wolf Pack, which opened up with a last-second 34-31 win over Purdue for its second win ever against a Big 10 school. Nevada has 16 all-time wins over current members of the Pac-12 including a 37-35 victory over Oregon State last year. The Wolf Pack is 4-6 in its last 10 meetings against the Pac-12 including wins over California in 2010 and 2012 along with a win over Washington State in 2014. Third-year coach Jay Norvell will return to Autzen Stadium for the first time since Oct. 29, 2016 when he was the wide receivers coach at Arizona State in a 54-35 loss as Justin Herbert set the UO record with 489 passing yards. He was on the winning side in 2007 as UCLA’s offensive coordinator when the Bruins defeated the Ducks 16-0. The last time Nevada beat the Ducks was 72 years ago, a 13-6 victory in Eugene.