Eugene, Ore. -- Oregon football survived their Saturday night matchup against Cal, coming away with a 17-7 victory and their no. 13 ranking in the AP poll intact. But this week will be a short turnaround, as the Ducks prepare for the Colorado Buffaloes on a Friday night at Autzen Stadium.
"Eat the right foods. Hydrate. Pretty much live in the treatment room honestly," says center Jake Hanson when asked about how to prepare without an off day. "You gotta play with the conditions because like I was saying earlier, the ball is gonna be kicked off at 7:00 and both teams are gonna be there. And whoever laps the best is gonna have the big edge."
"I know many of us have made mistakes prior in our rookie careers of trying to do too much in a short week," offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo continued. "You really gotta go back to what you have in your inventory versus a structure tht you're seeing and malke sure you're not doing too much."
Colorado comes to Autzen Stadium with a 3-2 record and led by senior quarterback Steven Montez, who has the most starts under his belt among active QB's in the Pac-12. The last time Montez came to Autzen, it was in 2016 and right in the middle of Colorado's best season in recent memory and Oregon's worst. He amassed 468 yards of total offense and 4 touchdowns as the Buffaloes stunned the Ducks 41-38.
But Oregon's defense isn't the same as it was then. During that game, Oregon was in the midst of a year in which they were one of the worst defenses in the country. This year, they've held four straight opponents to under 10 points.
"You've got to play with great communication and eye control," says defensive coordinator Andy Avalos. "Ultimately it comes down to winning one on one battles and playing with leverage."