College Football Week 3: It'll Be a Long Day for Missouri State Against Oregon

Grant KoenekeContributor ISeptember 15, 2011

Look for more of De'Anthony Thomas on Saturday
Look for more of De'Anthony Thomas on SaturdayJonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

Like last weekend against Nevada, this will be a very long day for the opposing team at Autzen Stadium in Eugene. College Football predictions aren't always this simple, but you can bet the Ducks will score somewhere in the neighborhood of the 69 points they scored last weekend.  

Except for the utterly ridiculous comment by Les Miles, that he liked Mississippi State's offense better than Oregon's, it has been a relatively quiet week. No speeding tickets, DUIs, suspensions or new NCAA investigations.  

Injuries won't be a deciding factor for this game. LB Michael Clay will be out, but the team looks to have Josh Huff back at WR and Kenjon Barner at RB. Barner back brings me to my next thought.

What is going to happen at RB with Barner back this week?  Last week it was LaMichael James and the breakout game for DeAnthony Thomas. It will be interesting to see how coach Chip Kelly gets all three in the mix. Oh, and Tra Carson is still playing a lot of downs as well.  

I could see Kelly going with the same duo from last week through the first half and then sitting Thomas and letting Barner get some game work in when it is a little less dangerous on the field. If that does happen the score might be closer to 100, though.  



This game against Missouri State will start off pretty fast. Last year, Kelly used games such as this to test the tempo and watch his team get into a groove. He also tried a lot of different formations to test them out and get his team used to seeing them.  

Oregon will lead 21-0 by the end of the first quarter. James and both Thomas will have touchdowns.

Halftime will be demoralizing for Missouri State with the score 49-3.  Look for Cliff Harris to have his first return TD in the second quarter.

By the middle of the third quarter, like last week, all the starters will be out of the game. Bryan Bennett will get some more work in. If he picks up where he left off, this game could be pushing triple digits.  

Score: Oregon 72 - Missouri State 10