Prediction Time, Oregon vs. EWU

The long, hot summer in Oregon is over and now it’s football season. Starting things off for the Oregon Ducks is Eastern Washington on Saturday at Autzen Stadium. Vernon Adams will make his first start for the Ducks against his old team in what could be the start of a very special season as Oregon seeks to work its way back the National Championship game.

Everything is ready to go. Oregon and Eastern Washington are both fired up and ready to hit somebody when the ball is kicked off on Saturday at 5 p.m. Pacific.

For EWU, they play perhaps the toughest opponent the school has ever faced. For the Ducks, it is step one in a road that may end up in the NCAA National Championship game next January. For now though, it will be Oregon’s starting quarterback Vernon Adams’ first opportunity to direct the highly potent offensive machine that finished No. 2 in the nation last year, against his old team Eastern Washington.

Fans now will finally get a glimpse of Adams, a player most Duck fans have been excited to see since last spring when he announced that he would transfer to Eugene to enroll in graduate school and use his final year of eligibility playing for the Ducks.

Also out on the field will be wide receiver Bralon Addison, who missed all of last year due to injury. Addison likely will not start but will see plenty of action. Another player who missed last season due to injury is offensive tackle Tyler Johnston, who was spotted today relaxed and ready to play football.

This game likely will be an opportunity for Oregon’s Mark Helfrich to play everyone on the active roster excluding those freshmen that will redshirt the year.

There is no betting line on the game.

A sellout crowd is expected for the season opener. The game will be carried live on the Pac-12 Networks starting at 5 p.m. (Pacific). 

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