Oregon Football Pre-Game Show, 9/23/17

Live from the Valley River Inn at 6:00 PM

Host: Jonathan Rifkind and Ian Gerig

6:00 Oregon at Arizona State

  • The Matchup
  • Can Herbert repeat his stellar performance from last season?
  • Keys for both teams to be victorious
  • Prediction

6:12 Oregon’s Offense 

  • How important is having Taj Griffin back, even in a new role? (story by Marc Grandi)
  • Will Royce Freeman continue his record-breaking season?
  • Johnny Johnson’s potential

6:23 Oregon’s Defense 

  • Special teams: Aiden Schneider is more than just a kicker (story by Alex Castle)
  • Will the defense be challenged?
  • Disrupting the big-play potential from WR N’Keal Harris

6:30 Taggart Talk

  • Oregon football is fun again
  • Over the River and Through the Woods by Matt Tyra

6:38 A Look Around the Nation

  • Recap of the day’s big games
  • Picks and Predictions for the few late games.

Off to Sun Devil Stadium with Marc Grandi and Alex Castle at 6:45 PM 

STORY: The Duck Defense Searches for Turnovers in 2017

“Bend but don’t break” was the term often used with Oregon’s defenses of the past. Referencing the Ducks’ ability to allow teams to chew up yardage, but using situational defense and forcing turnovers to prevent the offense from scoring. The 2016 defense did nothing but break, forcing only 12 total turnovers all year. And though the coaching staff has changed, forcing turnovers and giving the offense more opportunities remains an emphasis. In their season opener against Southern Utah, Oregon managed two takeaways with interceptions from Ugo Amadi and Troy Dye. The Ducks will look to continue the trend and hope that more turnovers will turn the tide of the defense in 2017.

Oregon Defense Looking for Turnovers in 2017 (by Alex Castle)