Joel Klatt expects the Ducks to be challenged in Lubbock this weekend.

No. 13 Oregon heads to Texas on Saturday to face a Texas Tech team that should be angry. The Red Raiders entered the year with some darkhorse buzz in the Big 12 title race but lost in double-overtime in Week 1 to Wyoming. Now, they return home with the chance to pull off a massive upset.

“Texas Tech is just a different team at home,” Klatt said this week on his show. “It’s a tough place to play. Oregon’s gonna find that out. I won’t be surprised at all if this is a really tight game late and Oregon’s thinking to themselves, ‘What’s going on? What’s happening?’ That’s what happens at Texas Tech. They were 6-1 a year ago at home with wins over Texas and Oklahoma. They’re gonna be in this game. They will be in this game.”

Oregon won its opener 81-7.

But the Ducks are just a 6.5-point favorite on the road this week.

Watch the run game. Tech ranked 80th nationally a season ago in run defense, giving up 4.3 yards a carry. In the opener, Wyoming ran for 179 yards at 4.3 a carry (adjusted for sacks).

Oregon will provide a much stiffer test. Bucky Irving opened his 2023 campaign with 119 yards and two scores on just four carries — something that made Klatt stop and laugh when he read it. As a team, the Ducks produced 348 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground, averaging 10.2 yards a carry.

A year ago, the Ducks had a top-10 rushing outfit. Quarterback Bo Nix gets the headlines for what he’s able to do through the air, but Oregon is as strong a rushing team as there is in college football.

Kickoff on Saturday is set for 4 p.m. PT on FOX.