Ducks will take off vs. Nicholls State

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Kevin Cline

The Ducks kick off their season at 1 p.m. Saturday when the Nicholls State Colonels come to town.  It’s a ‘cupcake’ game in the truest sense of the word, as the Colonels are coming off a 1-10 season and have already lost their starting QB for the season due to a shoulder injury.  We could dispute the merits of playing low-level teams like this each year (Tennessee Tech last season), but that issue’s clouded by the NCAA, ESPN, other universities that don’t want to start the season with a loss and politics in general, but this is another subject altogether.

The real question is, how many points will the Ducks put on the board against a team that allowed 38.7 points per game last season and gave up 77 to the Beavers?

Let’s say the starters are out by halftime, at which point the score should already be 50+.  The Ducks could have some early-season errors that result in turnovers or big plays for Nicholls State, but our athleticism and skill will be painfully evident on the field against the Colonels, who hail from Thibodaux, Louisiana (maybe they’ll say “hi” to Brian Bennett).  The team they beat last year wasn’t even D1, as their only victory came against NAIA school Evangel.

Will Autzen's sellout streak continue into 2013?

Kevin Cline

Will Autzen’s sellout streak reach 90 games vs. Nicholls State?  Less than a week ’til kickoff, 1,000+ tickets remain.

This will be a great start for rookie head coach Mark Helfrich, who will get to experience the feeling of being a winning head coach.  In the end — make that halfway through the second quarter – I think he’ll call the Ducks off early.  Final Score: 75-10.

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Brett Perez

Brett Perez

Brett is a graduate of Astoria High School and is currently a sophomore journalism student at the University of Oregon and member of the 2012-2013 Cheerleading team. He is an Eagle Scout from Troop 211 in Astoria, and enjoys rock climbing and all fitness pursuits. Brett's favorite sport is baseball, with football a close second. Minoring in Spanish, he hopes to work with Latinos in Major League Baseball in some capacity in the future, either as a scout or translator.

  • Jeffrey Neal

    Here’s Nicholls against the Beavers. The Colonels only possible strategy is to burn as much time off the clock as possible as ease their pain. The Duck’s tempo alone will ruin their defense which looks terribly out of shape.

  • Jason Curtis

    “Let’s say” the starters our our by 1/2 time????? I will be pretty shocked if Marcus is still in at the 10 minute mark of the 2nd. This will be ridiculous.