One more nonconference opponent remains before No. 15 Oregon opens its Pac-12 slate, and the Ducks are heavy favorites against visiting Montana this Saturday night.
Oregon (1-1) moved on from its heartbreaking 27-21 loss against Auburn -- when it led until the final nine seconds -- by thrashing visiting Nevada 77-6 in Eugene last week.
Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert threw for 310 yards and five touchdowns before his day ended in the third quarter. Ten different players scored touchdowns, the offense gained 623 total yards, and the defense held the Wolf Pack to 192 total yards and zero second-half points.
"Sure we're getting better, but we still haven't seen our best football," Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal said. "We still haven't seen our best performance."
The Ducks, like last Saturday, don't figure to be tested much this week by the Grizzlies, but Montana is 2-0 and tied for 18th in the FCS coaches poll. The Grizzlies opened the season with a 31-17 win at South Dakota and rolled to a 61-17 home win over North Alabama last week.
Two Montana receivers, Samuel Akem and Samori Toure, have 200-plus receiving yards on the season. Quarterback Dalton Sneed, who began his career at UNLV, has thrown for 696 yards and four touchdowns in two games.
Toure is a product of the state of Oregon, having played his high school ball near Portland about two hours north of Autzen Stadium. Asked about having something to prove against a Pac-12 school, he told the Missoulian, "No, I don't think I have anything to prove to anyone. No one on the team does."
Grizzlies head coach Bobby Hauck said he's most impressed with Oregon's offensive line, which has 163 career starts, the most in the nation.
"I've seen a lot of Oregon teams over the years, and to me this is the best offensive line I've seen in an Oregon uniform," Hauck said. "There's a reason why Justin (Herbert) is as highly regarded as he is. Just a talented veteran player. They're hard to stop at that position."
Oregon has been playing without some receivers who were expected to have major roles this season. One of those is Penn State graduate transfer Juwan Johnson, who has a "50-50" shot to play Saturday because of a leg injury, Cristobal said.
Tight end Cam McCormick (ankle) is day-to-day, and freshman Mycah Pittman is still a few weeks away from practicing due to a shoulder injury.
The Ducks, who haven't lost a nonconference game in Eugene since 2008, have never lost to the Grizzlies in eight meetings, including a 14-14 tie in 1952. Every game since 1934 has been played in Eugene.
Oregon will open Pac-12 play against North division rival Stanford on Sept. 21.
"I think we've still got to keep getting physical at the point of attack at the line of scrimmage," Cristobal said, when asked what areas in which the Ducks can make improvement prior to conference play. "You still can't allow yourself to lose your eye discipline, you've still got to play physical ... play blocks and knock back defenders and then figure it out on the run."