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A guide to the 2023 college football season in Oregon

Football is back — here’s how to tailgate like a pro and cheer on the Portland State Vikings, Oregon Ducks, and Oregon State Beavers this 2023 college football season.

Portland State QB Dante Chachere had multiple big runs to push the team toward its only touchdown in the season opener against the Oregon Ducks.

Portland State’s QB Dante Chachere gouged the Ducks’ defense with his legs on the Vikings’ only touchdown drive.

Portlanders, grab your Viking horns, throw your “O,” or put on your black and orange — whomever you root for, football season is back and underway. Dive into all things game day with us to get rid of that off-season rust.

What everyone’s talking about:

The Vikings left Week 1 at Autzen Stadium with a $575,000 check, a 74 point loss, and one cringe-worthy injury. But, with the season’s toughest test out of the way, quarterback Dante Chachere can build on the flashes of potential he showed during the team’s only touchdown drive.

Has anyone checked on Puddles? After a record-breaking rout (see above), the Ducks will travel to Lubbock, TX, to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders, a tough non-conference opponent led by a familiar face in former Oregon QB Tyler Shough.

Clemson transfer QB DJ Uiagalelei shined in the season opening 42-17 win at San Jose State. Can the No. 16-ranked Beavers keep the momentum going on their “Pac-2 revenge tour” and pack the newly renovated Reser Stadium? *Chainsaws rev in the distance.*

The Oregon State Beavers run onto the field at the 2022 Las Vegas Bowl.

In 2022, the Beavers finished 10-3 with a win in the Las Vegas Bowl. Can they reach greater heights?

Photo by Karl Maasdam

The games worth getting tickets to:


  • First home game: vs. North American Stallions | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 1 p.m.
  • Rival game: vs. Eastern Washington Eagles | Saturday, Oct. 28 | 1 p.m.
  • Browse all home game tickets.


  • Next home game: vs. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 5 p.m.
  • Rival game: vs. Washington Huskies | Saturday, Oct. 14 | TBD
  • Browse all home game tickets.


  • First home game: vs. UC Davis Aggies | Saturday, Sept. 9 | 6 p.m.
  • Rival game: vs. Oregon Ducks | Friday, Nov. 24 | 5:30 p.m.
  • Browse all home game tickets.

Your must-bring stadium items:

Oregon football's Bo Nix celebrates on the field.

Ducks QB Bo Nix’s last year has billboard-sized expectations.

Pre-game plans:

  • It remains to be seen if Portland State’s head coach will again invite fans out to Hillsboro Stadium and pay their beer tab. Regardless, making a trip out of the city for an afternoon of tailgating is always fun.
  • Head over the Willamette River and through the woods for an obligatory photo in front of Autzen Stadium, but don’t stay in the Moshofsky Center too long. Lines can get pretty long.
  • Following its $161 million remodel, Reser Stadium has plenty of perks to please fans, including a 360-degree open concourse and concessions like Hot Dam Wings.

Your best tailgate ever:

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