Oklahoma-Oregon Pregame Notes

Kick-off for Saturday's matchup at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. is set for 2:30 p.m. CST. This summer, Autzen was selected as the most intimidating college football stadium in the country by The Sporting News. See inside for more news and notes previewing Saturday's game. (AP Photo)

The Matchup
Oklahoma (2-0, 0-0) at Oregon (2-0, 1-0)

Kickoff
2:30 p.m. CST. -- Autzen Stadium (59,000) -- Eugene, Ore.

Television and Radio
Saturday's game game will be televised regionally on ABC. Dan Foutts (play-by-play), Tim Brant (analyst) and Jack Arute (sideline) will call the game.

ABC Television Coverage Map

The game can be heard on the radio in Oklahoma on KOKC 1520 AM. It is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio Channel 155. To listen to the OU radio broadcast live on the internet with Bob Barry, Sr., Merv Johnson and Mark Rodgers, click the link below and then click the top photo on the page.

Listen Online
Live Stats

The Rankings
The Sooners are ranked No. 11 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll and No. 15 in the Assoicated Press Poll. Oregon is ranked 18th in both polls

The Series
Oklahoma leads the all-time series 6-0. The Sooners beat the Ducks, 17-14, in last year's Holiday Bowl in San Diego. OU also beat Oregon, 31-7, during the 2004 season in Norman.

Holiday Bowl Box Score

The Coaches
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops is 77-16 in his eighth season in Norman. Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti is 92-42 in his 12th season at Oregon.

Peterson Watch
With his 165-yard rushing performance last week against Washington, junior running back Adrian Peterson moved past Stanley Wilson into 6th-place on the all-time Oklahoma career rushing chart.

The Palestine, Texas native is now 781 yards away from breaking the all-time mark held by Billy Sims (4,118). And with 67 yards against the Ducks on Saturday, Peterson would move into the fifth spot ahead of De'Mond Parker

Parker is currently fifth on the all-time career rushing list with 3,403 rushing yards. Quentin Griffin is fourth at 3,938 yards.

Autzen Stadium
Despite the publicity Oregon's Autzen Stadium gets as a tough place for opponents to play, the Ducks come into Saturday's matchup riding only a three-game home winning streak.

However, the Ducks were 5-1 at home last season with their only setback coming in a 45-13 loss to USC. And under Bellotti, the Ducks are 23-1 at home in non-conference games with the biggest win against then-No. 3 Michigan in 2003.

Nevertheless, Autzen was ranked as the most intimidating stadium in America this August by the Sporting News.

The Sporting News on Autzen

About Oregon
Offensively, the Ducks rank 14th nationally in scoring offense (39.5 ppg) and 14th in total offense (456.5 ypg). They rank 15th nationally in rushing offense (218.5 ypg) and 40th in passing offense (238.0 ypg).

Defensively, Oregon is 48th in scoring defense (17.0 ppg) and 71st in total defense (340.0 ypg). The Ducks' rank 79th against the run (153.0 ypg) and 56th against the pass (187.0 ypg).

Senior punter Matt Dragich is averaging 40.6 yards (long of 51) through two games this season. Senior kicker Paul Martinez is 3-for-4 on field goals (long of 38) and perfect 10-for-10 on extra points.

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About Oklahoma
Offensively, the Sooners currently rank 44th nationally in scoring offense (30.5 ppg) and 30th in total offense (411.5 ypg). OU is 36th in passing offense (249.5 ypg) and 46th in rushing offense (163.0 ypg).

Defensively, Oklahoma is 52nd in scoring defense (18.5 ppg) and 74th in total defense (344.0 ypg). The Sooners are 91st in rushing defense (169.5.0 ypg) and 46th in passing defense (174.5 ypg).

Punter Michael Cohen is averaging 42.5 yards on six attempts in the first two games. Kicker Garrett Hartley 4-for-4 on field goal attempts (long of 44), and was a perfect 7-for-7 on extra points.

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Stoops on Oregon
Looking forward to the big challenge this week with Oregon. We've had an exciting series here the last couple of years — meeting them here two years ago and last year in the bowl game. Very good, strong program. Great reputation. Coach (Mike) Bellotti does a fantastic job with his coaches.

It's been an exciting challenge the last couple of years and is again this year. We've been fortunate the last couple of times to win. We look at this as a total, separate issue that we've got to go there and win this year. We've got different teams, so it's a big challenge going up there. Our players understand that.

"They (Oregon's offense) have a lot of skill. They have really some good wide receivers as well. They spread the ball around, give you all the shotgun formations there are, motion people back, run their option. Very similar to what we saw in the bowl game in the way they execute, what they like to do.

"A year ago, Dixon still got most of the snaps. I know he rotated some with Grady Leaf, but he is staying in there all the time this year. Very similar in their offense and what they're trying to do.

"We've got to be great defending the run game, all the shotgun stuff, get pressure to them, cover. All the things that you've got to do against a good team. They're very good at spreading the field and trying to give you a little bit of everything.

"Defensively, they're an eight-man front for the most part whenever you're in run formations. They'll mix up their coverages — four-deep, reading your run support and throw in some man. They have a 4-2-5 structure in their secondary. Fundamentally, they play hard. They're good."

Bellotti on Oklahoma
"Autzen Stadium is a loud place to play, a tremendous fan base that fills every seat. This has been a game that's been talked about for several years since it was scheduled.

"I think our fans and players have done a great job focusing one week at a time and not looking ahead to this game. But now that it's here, everybody can talk about it and get excited. It's an early game so the fans won't get too much of a jump on it.

"Oklahoma's a tremendous football program — great tradition, great program, undefeated and ranked and in the top 20 in the nation. That sounds like a heck of a game to me.

"I think we have a greater comfort zone playing Oklahoma now. If you've looked at the relative scores, they're closer. We had chance to win last year the last time we played them.

"There ought to be a certain amount of hunger on our part and a sense of confidence that we can plan with them. And then the hunger and desire to get over the hump and win the first game of the series.

"Defensively, they're pretty disciplined and pretty well-coached. They don't beat themselves very often. They run a combination of man-blitz and zone-blitz, so they don't just sit in something static. We hope to utilize their speed against them.

"Paul Thompson has a very quick release, makes quick decisions, knows where to go with the ball. He's also a student of the game. He's thrown for as much or more yardage per game than Bomar. He has better statistics, in terms of touchdowns-interceptions, and is more mobile, faster and bigger.

"But Adrian Peterson, when he gets outside is very difficult to tackle one-on-one in the open field and has the speed to go all the way. You have to stop Peterson from getting to the outside. He likes to get outside and he's very difficult to tackle out there in space. I'd rather keep him between the tackles as long as we can shore that up."


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