■ Tyson Alger previews the Colorado game on October 3.
Early storyline: If Oregon beats Michigan State and Utah, the Ducks should enter the Colorado game undefeated baring a major upset from Eastern Washington or Georgia State. If they can get to Boulder unscathed, their next three games – Colorado, Washington State, Washington – will come against teams expected to finish toward the bottom of the conference, giving the Ducks the opportunity to pad their resume early in a bid to return to the College Football Playoffs.
■ Two more players were added to the award watch lists yesterday. Johnny Mundt to the John Mackey and Mat Hegarty to the Rimington.
■ Athlon Sports predicts Oregon will play against Boise St. in the next Fiesta Bowl.
■ Dale Newton believes Charles Nelson should be used on both sides of the field.