Spread: Oregon by 37
Watchability: It’s not quite the must-see event that Oregon’s 2011 opener against LSU was or anything close to that, but the Ducks’ game against Arkansas State will be a nice way for college football fans to cap off the opening Saturday of the season. For anyone who enjoys offense, this is the game for you.
Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti is headed into his 37th season in college football – his 21st at Oregon and he freely admits he still gets those anticipation butterflies before each season opener. “Absolutely” says Aliotti when asked about those first game jitters. “I played for 12 years and I’ve coached now going on my 37th season and it’s always the same. Butterflies are always there.”
When asked about his 2012 group of linebackers, Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti beams and lavishes high praise. “They’re probably the best we’ve had” say’s Aliotti. And considering two of the best ( Casey Matthews and Spencer Paysinger ) are now in the NFL, that’s high praise indeed from the veteran defensive coach who’s entering his 21st season with the Ducks.
As the countdown continues for the Oregon Ducks season opener against Arkansas State on Saturday in Autzen Stadium, head coach Chip Kelly focused his Thursday practice session around situational drills specific to the Ducks game plan against the Red Wolves. The Ducks practiced in Autzen Stadium wearing their normal Thursday ( game week ) shells which focused on offensive, defensive and special teams drills with no contact.