Boise State-Oregon about to begin

September, 3, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Graham Watson


BOISE, Idaho -- The first thing new Oregon coach Chip Kelly did when walked out to the field at Bronco Stadium was take his pregame lap, touching each pylon along the way. That probably would have been more fun in Oregon’s weather instead of the 90-degree heat wave Boise is experiencing this week. As we kickoff, it's 92 degrees.

Kelly and Boise State coach Chris Petersen exchanged pleasantries in the middle of the field along with Nike founder Phil Knight. Petersen greeted several members of the Ducks staff; he was the wide receivers coach at Oregon from 1995 to 2000.

Oregon is wearing all-white uniforms down to its cleats. The uniforms have green feathers around the shoulder pads. Boise State has gone the camouflage route with the all-blue uniforms against the Broncos' infamous blue turf.

Both teams have had inspired, high-energy warm-ups. Both quarterbacks look sharp. I think everyone in the sold-out crowd -- and those watching in Boise State’s nearby Taco Bell Arena -- have a feeling this is going to be a good game.

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