Eugene, OR-- Oregon football's offense has limited time left to prepare and Auburn is knocking on the door. With time winding down and the injury bug hitting the Ducks receiving core, Mycah Pittman out six-to-eight weeks and Brenden Schooler out for the same, Oregon will need someone to answer the call.
"Johnny has really stepped up," quarterback Justin Herbert said. "He's a guy that we can count on. And just like Juwan and some of those other guys they make big plays and you rely on them."
The 16th ranked Tigers are looking to grow from a season ago where they finished towards the bottom of the SEC at 8-5. With a revamped secondary, the Ducks could have some trouble.
"Those guys are elite speed," explained Oregon Offensive Coordinator Marcus Arroyo. "They've got really good players all over the field. Up front to the back end. We've got a great challenge."
This will be only the second time that these two powerhouse programs have met. The first time, going all the way back to the 2011 BCS championship game, where the Ducks lost on a last second field goal.
For Herbert, the memory of that game will last a lifetime.
"Ya I was pretty distraught after that game," said Herbert with a smile. "I remember that one pretty vividly and it was tough."
Now even though this could be a chance at revenge for Duck fans, Herbert is staying focused.
"I think we are excited and we can't wait to get out there," Herbert explained. "It's a great opportunity for us and it will be a big test."