QB Herbert and No. 20 Oregon face winless San Jose State

September 13, 2018

San Jose St. (0-2) at No. 23 Oregon (2-0), 2 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network).

Line: Oregon by 41.

Series record: Oregon leads 12-6.


The No. 20 Ducks jumped three spots in the polls after last weekend's 62-14 victory over lower division Portland State. They'll face a winless San Jose squad as their third and final nonconference tuneup before next Saturday's Pac-12 opener against No. 9 Stanford. The Spartans lost 31-0 to Washington State last weekend and fell to FCS-level UC Davis 44-38 in the opener.


Oregon's defense against San Jose State's offense. The Spartans had just nine rushing yards on 23 carries against the Cougars, and mustered 109 total yards. Oregon's defense has steadily improved under defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt, in his second year. Jalen Jelks leads the team in tackles with 15, tops among Pac-12 defensive lineman. He had nine tackles in the opener against Bowling Green.


San Jose State: Josh Oliver leads the nation among tight ends with an average of 6.5 catches per game through the team's first two games. Nine of his catches resulted in a first down. He's got 137 total receiving yards this season.

Oregon: Herbert. The junior quarterback has been mentioned as a preseason Heisman candidate and he started his campaign with 10 total touchdowns through two games, nine via pass and one on the run. With Herbert in the game, the Ducks average 43.3 points per game.

FACTS & FIGURES: Oregon has won 22 straight nonconference home games. ... The Ducks put up 50-plus points in each of their first two games. ... The two teams last met in 1998 with No. 22 Oregon winning 58-3. Current Oregon offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo started that game as a true freshman quarterback for San Jose State. ... The last Spartans' victory over a ranked team was in 2013, against No. 16 Fresno State. ... Oregon is 79-0 when scoring 50-plus points. ... Oregon returned to the top 20 for the first time since the 2016 Alamo Bowl. ... Eleven different Ducks have scored touchdowns this season via pass or reception.