Wyoming is coming to play. Like the Ducks, they are undefeated. They have an offense, a defense, a bunch of coaches, and they came all the way to Eugene on a jet plane. When the game starts at 11 a.m., they will be on the field ready to play.
The Cowboys, coached by a highly respected Craig Bohl, boast a stingy defense, particularly against the run. The following are excerpts from the SB Nation blog, Mountain West Connection:
The odds are definitely stacked against the Cowboys (43 point underdogs) but none the less the Pokes will hope to come in showing they will be "Cowboy Tough" and that they will be able to play their brand of football regardless of the strength of the opponent. . . . .
The Cowboys defense hopes to contain the Ducks offensive attack by staying disciplined and tackling well in space. It will be very important for the secondary to improve on their tackling, a weakness for the defense the first two ball games against Montana and Air Force. The strength of the defense is the Cowboys front seven. The first two Mountain West Conference Defensive Players of the Week have come from two of Wyoming's linebackers in senior Mark Nzeocha in week one and senior Jordan Stanton in week two. It will also be important for Wyoming's talented defensive ends in junior Eddie Yarbrough and senior Sonny Puletasi to get a good pass rush on Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. . . .
Offensively the Cowboys will look to continue to control the ball, have no turnovers and win the time of possession battle.
In the end the Cowboys just need to show they won't back down from the Ducks and that they are able to play their brand of Cowboy Tough football.
Did you see that? He called Wyoming "Cowboy Tough" two times more than anyone has EVER called the Ducks "Cowboy Tough". I mean people have called Oregon "Duck Waterproof" or "Mallard Melancholy". And of course Eugenics are considered "Liberally Lackadaisical" or perhaps "Patchouli Pungent". But Cowboy Tough? Never.
This raises some key scouting questions for Oregon. Should Mariota pass? Should he run? Should he hand it off? Wyoming is going to try to limit turnovers. Should Oregon do the same?
But beyond all that is an even greater question. Early before kickoff. Before the teams even show up at the stadium Saturday morning, we need to know. . . . .
. . . Where in Eugene might one be able to get a really good Bloody Mary?
I'll be on the search.
Wyoming at Oregon. 11am Pacific on Pac-12 Network.