ATThe reigning BCS and Pac 10 Champion Oregon Ducks travel to the Big House to take on the defending Big 10 Co-Champion Michigan Wolverines in Phase I of the new Conference Challenge!! This will be the 2nd installment of Oregon/Michigan in the storied history of BfR '11. Michigan came out on top 24-9 back in year 2. But this isn't about the past, it's about the present and this promises to be a slugfest between 2 top flight programs. Let's take a look at the matchups.Oregon Backfield: QB Bryan Bennett (92 OVR): A 5th year SR that will help keep his team composed in the Big House's hostile environment. Passed for 2,133 yards as a JR with 21 TD's and 8 INT's. Though he has plenty of speed, he was held in the negative rushing last season. HB Dontae Williams (95 OVR): Fast and powerful but his rating has only been proven on the practice field. Career totals: 328 yards with a 3.4 ypc average, 1 TD spread out over 3 seasons. FB Barry Rollins (54 OVR): Not a huge cog in the offense and seldom used. Michigan Backfield: QB Marcus Thompson (87 OVR): Making his first start as a RS Frosh but is mature beyond his years and shouldn't get rattled. HB Russ Terrell (87 OVR): Earned Frosh AA honors last season averaging 4.9 yards a pop and scoring 3 TD's. Powerful runner. FB Jeff Mueller (67 OVR): Like Oregon, not vital to the offense but Jeff has proven to be a reliable target sneaking out of the backfield on PA plays. Verdict: Could make a case for a push but Bennett's experience in big games last season gives Oregon the nod. Oregon O-Line: Tackles: RS Soph Jay King (83 OVR) at LT and JR Jeff McNeil (76 OVR) at RT. Weakest link in the offense. Guards: Solid LG in RS SR Nick Rowland (88 OVR) but exploitable at RG with RS JR Scott Newell (71 OVR). Center: Anchor and captain of the offense in SR C Jordan Gordon (92 OVR). Michigan O-Line: Tackles: True freshman Ike Wade (80 OVR) locked down the starting LT spot this spring. Soph Chris Howard (87 OVR) should be solid at RT. Guards: SR Eric McGee (91 OVR) made Mich fans happy by returning to school for his SR season at LG. JUCO JR transfer Hakim Ashley (85 OVR) will get the nod at RG. Center: RS JR Scott Williams (93 OVR) is as solid as they come. Verdict: Michigan has the advantage with a nice combination of experience and talented youth. Oregon WR/TE combo: WR's: Plenty of playmaking ability in this group headlined by Keanon Lowe (99 OVR), Andrew Jenkins (93 OVR) and Eric Dungy (91 OVR). About 900 yards of offense returning with these 3 and 11 TD's. TE: RS SR Curtis White (86 OVR) accounted for 274 yards receiving and 1 TD last year. He is backed up by True Freshman Nathan Blalock (75 OVR) Michigan WR/TE combo: WR's: RS JR Ryan Powell (99 OVR) returns from injury after missing 11 games last season. He leads a deep group consisting of: RS SR Jeremy Jackson (95 OVR), RS SR Ricardo Miller (86 OVR) and RS FR Brandon Morris (84 OVR) TE's: SR James Brigham (82 OVR) is a nice pass catching TE that tallied almost 400 yards last season. Backup JR Nick Thomas (75 OVR) is a solid blocker. Verdict: Push. Oregon D-Line: DE's: Frosh AA LE Blake Love (83 OVR) had 8 sacks and 13 TFL's last season. The RE spot was won by RS Frosh Steven Chase (76 OVR). DT's: RS JR Lawrence Lee (93 OVR) and RS SR Ricky Heimuli (88 OVR) were a devastating duo in spring practice. Unfortunately, both were backups last season and only had a combined 11 TKL's last year. Michigan D-Line: DE's: RS JR T.J. Smith (86 OVR) takes over at LE and has 1 sack last year. SR Matthew Horne (93 OVR) returns in his RE spot after having 2 sacks last year. DT's: RS SR's Richard Ash (93 OVR) and Terry Talbott (87 OVR) accounted for 55 TKL's, 18 TFL's and 6 sacks last year. RS JR JUCO transfer Steven Mason (88 OVR) will get plenty of PT as well. Verdict: Michigan is just too solid and experienced. Oregon LB's: LOLB: SR Broderick Long (76 OVR) returns after 34 TKL's, 6 TFL's and 2 sacks last season. MLB: AA JR Ryan Leak (69 OVR) had a great Soph year with 65 TKL's, 10 TFL's, 1 sack, 4 INT's and a TD. ROLB: Frosh AA Adam Coleman (78 OVR) accounted for 55 TKL's, 10 TFL's, 3 sacks, 1 INT and 2 FF's. Michigan LB's: LOLB: RS Soph Jason Turner (86 OVR) locked down the starting spot after 31 tackles and 3 sacks last season. MLB: SR Matt Harris (90 OVR) is a beast that has 17 TFL last season and 2 INT's. ROLB: JR Nick Lyles (90 OVR) matched Harris's 17 TFL's and had a pick as well. Verdict: Push. Both have all 3 starters returning with Oregon having the more productive unit but Michigan being much more talented. Oregon Secondary: CB's: Oregon has 6 INT's returning in RS SR Terrance Mitchell (91 OVR), RS SR Dior Mathis (86 OVR) and RS JR Aaron Sapp (82 OVR). Talented group. FS: RS JR Walter Hearn (82 OVR) is the captain of the defense and had 29 TKL's, 2 INT's, 1 FF and 2 FR's last season. SS: RS JR Justin Wright (89 OVR) and RS SR Erick Dargan (89 OVR) are still battling for the starting spot. Michigan Secondary: CB's: SR Kelvin Poole (95 OVR) and JR Andrew Black (89 OVR) both earned AA honors and accounted for 13 INT's. JR Jason Parker (86 OVR) is a more than capable nickel back. FS: RS SR Ray Vinopal (90 OVR) is a new starter but as performed well as a backup. SS: RS Soph Jordan Clemons (87 OVR) is also a new starter but has all the tools to be great. Verdict: Michigan. Even with 2 new starters, this unit is lights out. Special Teamers: Push. Both have 1 with AA honors and a new starter.