PUGET SOUND (1-1) at WILLAMETTE (0-2)
1 p.m. Saturday, McCulloch Stadium, Salem, Ore.
Series: Willamette leads, 45-26-5. The Loggers ended a six-game skid with a 27-14 victory to end last season – arguably coach Jeff Thomas’ biggest road win in five-plus seasons.
What to watch for: Who knows what the Bearcats will do on offense? Their new offensive coordinator is former defensive backs coach Tony Cassinerio, who took over the new position in August. And it appears Willamette is still tinkering with its identity – much to the chagrin of the UPS defensive staff, which has to prepare for a little bit of everything. Quarterback Trent Spallas (34-for-64, 384 yards, two TDs) has a do-everything threat in tight end Austin Jones (six catches, 136 yards, TD). … UPS had back-to-back bye weeks to clean up some of its red-zone woes on offense. The Loggers’ short passing game, led by quarterback Hans Fortune (53-for-87, 765 yards, eight TDs, five INTs), should be on display again – with running back Max McGuinn (22 rushes, 84 yards) sprinkled in more than he has been in the first two weeks. Last season, quarterback Braden Foley executed that perfectly by going 23-for-39 for 247 yards and two scores in the UPS victory.
What’s at stake: After finishing 4-5 last year, obviously the Loggers want to post a winning season in 2015. They would take a huge step toward that with a road win in Salem.
TNT pick: UPS, 30-23.