Oregon vs. Wyoming: Ducks not concerned with altitude change

Oregon wide receiver Johnny Johnson III (#80) catches a pass. The Oregon Ducks lead the Nebraska Cornhuskers 42 to 14 at the end of the first half on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Photo by Ben Lonergan, Oregon News Lab

LARAMIE, Wyo. - The Oregon Ducks will face one of their toughest tests on Saturday against Wyoming, but it isn't the Cowboys that are the biggest concern for the Oregon coaching staff.

Instead, it's the environment that could play the biggest factor in the outcome of the game.

War Memorial Stadium sits at 7,220 feet, and is the highest Division 1 college football stadium in the nation. For reference, Autzen Stadium sits at only 420 feet.

While many have looked at this match-up as a showcase of two future NFL quarterbacks going head-to-head, the talk around the Oregon program has been about the altitude change.

Earlier in the week, the Ducks planned to travel to Gilchrist, OR in order to practice in a higher elevation, but that plan was later changed.

With the Pac-12's addition of Colorado and Utah in the 2011 expansion, teams around the conference have gotten a taste for thinner air.

"Football is football, wherever you go - we can adjust to it when the game comes" said Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert. "We played at Utah last year, and it wasn't much of a difference."

Both Utah and Colorado sit approximately 2,000 feet lower than Laramie, however.

Come kickoff on Saturday, all eyes will be on the star-studded quarterbacks dueling it out in what should be a high-scoring contest.

That is, of course, if the Ducks can keep up when 7,000 feet up.

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