Portland State can take solace. In playing Oregon, the Vikings receive a large guarantee, one that helps out an athletic department on a tight budget. The Ducks want to stay healthy, play everybody again Ñ all active players saw action against Idaho Ñ and 'refine' their game, in the words of quarterback Jason Fife.

Oregon's backup tailbacks need more work, Fife needs to stop misfiring on passes, receiver Keenan Howry needs more catches, and the defense needs to test itself against PSU's quality skill players, who include running back Ryan Fuqua and quarterback Juston Wood. Still, the Ducks should win easily Ñ the guess here is by four touchdowns.