Oregon at Virginia
Tom: The Oregon's 66-3 victory in the opener didn't tell us a whole lot, except that THE DUCKS ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE. Marcus Mariota and Co. did exactly what they should do to a team like Nicholls, but now a more legitimate test awaits. Granted, Virginia did not look very good in their season opener, a 19-16 home victory over BYU, but anytime you go on the road it's an adventure. Oregon is currently leading the NCAA FBS in total offense after putting up 772 yards in week one, and there's no reason to think they won't light up the scoreboard again. The real key matchup here is the Ducks' defense vs. sophomore quarterback David Watford, who threw for just 114 yards and threw an interception vs. the Cougars. Look for the Oregon D to wreak havoc on Watford and the Cavalier offense early and often, and they might even score a time or two. Oregon 53, Virginia 19.
Craig: Oregon’s first ever regular season ACC opponent will be no problem for the Ducks. Marcus Mariota and company are just on another level right now compared to just about everyone else in college football. I look forward to seeing how five star prep everything Thomas Tyner asserts himself in the rotation. With him in the lineup, will Helfrich move DAT around more like the versatile athlete he is? And will Byron Marshall find his place as an every down back? On defense, I think the Ducks show that the Pac-12 isn’t joking around. They didn’t lead the nation is turnovers a year ago (40) by accident. This squad is disciplined, sound and plays downhill like a defense should. Ducks get out of Charlottesville breaking more of a sweat than they did against the Colonels but still not much of a sweat at all. Oregon 42, Virginia 20.
Collin: Coming off a season opener in which the Ducks gained a school record 772 yards of total offense and had three rushers over 100 yards for the first time, there appears to be no sign of a transitional hiccup. Granted it was against Nicholls State, a 1-10 team last year, Oregon dominated all facets of the game and will continue that trend this week in Charlottesville. Virginia boasts a stingy defense that held BYU to 16 points last week, but the speed of the Ducks will be too much. On the other side of the ball, the Oregon D will pick up where it left off last year, forcing sophomore quarterback David Watford into multiple turnovers, and it’s smooth sailing into Tennessee week for the Ducks.
Oregon: 45, Virginia 13.
John: Oregon will play it's first ever game in the state of Virginia, and bring home a big win. The Ducks just have too much depth and talent and Virginia will be hard pressed to keep this game close. Yes, the Cavs have momentum after their thrilling opening week win over BYU. Yes, the Cavs will have a sell out crowd behind them. But the Ducks' talent will make all the difference. Marcus Mariota and all the weapons on offense will have a field day against a young Virginia team.Oregon 52, Virgina 17
Hawaii at Oregon St.
Tom: How can an FBS school that just lost it's season opener at home to an FCS opponent be a 27 point favorite in it's next game? For starters, it's a lot tougher traveling from Honolulu to Corvallis than it is coming from Cheney, Washington. Furthermore, this game is a MUST WIN for Mike Riley and the Beavers, and they will be motivated. Maybe the biggest reason is that the Warriors managed just 13 points against USC last week at home. Sean Mannion threw just six incompletions in week one against the Eagles, and he should pick apart another inferior secondary. If the OSU defense can figure out where the ball is when it's thrown, Hawaii won't put up many points. Oregon St. 38, Hawaii 21
Craig: Both teams will be hungry but ultimately I see the Beavers getting their first win in this one. Coming off a horrific performance against EWU, the Beavers defense needs to take pride in tackling and gap control. Mark Banker has said all week that the fundamentals alluded his defense but senior players like Rashaad Reynolds and Michael Doctor have taken it upon themselves to anchor the defense. Hawaii played USC well in the first half but couldn’t hang in the second. I think this game will be similar. Also, Storm Woods and Terron Ward couldn’t get the run game going because the Beavers fell behind early but, with the return of sophomore center Isaac Seumalo, the ground game should be able to move the chains. This week, Riley said Hawaii head coach Norm Chow is the “master of balance” and his offense is “scary” but I believe the wakeup call that EWU was last week inspires Beavers players to play like the more highly recruited Division I athletes that they are. Beavers move to 1-1 heading into week three of the college football season. Oregon St. 35, Hawaii 21.
Collin: Prior to the season there were talks of OSU starting 7-0, but after a terrible loss to Eastern Washington, it’s now a must-win to salvage the season. Sean Mannion couldn’t have played much better in the season opener, and he’ll turn in another solid performance. All focus will be on the Beavers defense, and after allowing 518 total yards to EWU quarterback Vernon Adams, their confidence is a little shaky. Hawaii hangs around, but the Oregon State offense seals it. Oregon St. 42, Hawaii 27.
John:A desperate team is a dangerous team, and both Hawaii and Oregon State are desperate to avoid 0-2 starts to 2013. After a 9 win season, all the hope for the Beavers' season seemed to be deflated after losing to FCS squad Eastern Washington in last week's season opener. The Beavers have plenty of time to turn this season around, but a second straight home loss could send their season reeling out of control and past the point of rescue. Hawaii played well in its season opening loss to USC, but the Warriors will have to make a long, tiring trip to the mainland. That jet lag and fatigue could be the difference in this game. The Beavers will be able to claw out a win, but it won't be easy. Oregon St. 38, Hawaii 37