Oregon’s Early Season Appearances on A National Stage

On June 1, the Pac-12 conference announced the start times and TV schedule for the 2013 football season.  Two of the Ducks’ three initial games will be televised by ABC Sports, ESPN and/or ESPN2.  Oregon’s season opener is against Nicholls State at Autzen Stadium on Saturday, August 31 at 1:00 p.m. PDT.  The Ducks host the Colonels in a game televised by Fox Sports 1 – a new sports network being launched in mid-August to rival ESPN in the world of constant sports coverage.

Oregon then heads East to face the University of Virginia – their first regular season Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) opponent since 1958 when they faced the University of Miami (Florida) – a game which they ultimately lost, 2-0.  The Ducks played Wake Forest in the post-season 1992 Independence Bowl and 2002 Seattle Bowl, but fell short of a victory in each matchup.  With kickoff set for Saturday, Sept. 7 at 12:30 p.m. PDT versus the Cavaliers, the Ducks will look for their first victory over an ACC opponent in school history.

From there it is a quick turnaround for Oregon as the University of Tennessee heads to Autzen Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 12:30 p.m. PDT.  This ABC/ESPN/ESPN2 national broadcast will give the Ducks a chance to hand the Volunteers their second loss in as many meetings since 2010, a game the Ducks won decisively in Knoxville by a final of 48-13.

The already familiar face of Puddles will have multiple opportunities to get in front of the camera.

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The already familiar face of Puddles will have multiple opportunities to get national attention in front of the camera.

Oregon’s first three opponents this season posted a combined 10-25 record in 2012, numbers not impressive by any standards.  The weaker schedule, however, should pad the stats for Heisman hopefuls Marcus Mariota and De’Anthony Thomas.  Not to mention, a 3-0 start would be a strong résumé builder for new head coach Mark Helfrich.

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Michael Carnow

Michael Carnow

Michael is a long time sports fanatic from San Diego, California. He has written for a several sports blogs including the Oregon Men’s Club Lacrosse team. In high school, Michael played football and lacrosse for four years, which fueled his passion for the sports world. Admittedly, Michael is only recently became a Duck fan after years of cheering on USC but like Pete Carroll, he flew North for the winter and never looked back. As a recent University of Oregon graduate, Michael appreciates your feedback and is eager for what comes next. You can follow him on Twitter: @mbcarnow