The game will be played tomorrow at Autzen stadium in Eugene, Oregon at 5 pm pacific standard time. The Trojans are coming into this game 8-2 and have a two game win streak and have put up 40 points each in the last two games. The Ducks are ranked #4 and are 9-1 and may have a chance to play in the national championship game. USC has not won in the state of Oregon since 2005.
Oregon’s offense has play makers all around the field and can make a big play at any moment. They are lead by 2nd year starter Darron Thomas. Thomas has a very well understanding of the offense and is the perfect fit for this offense. He has 24 total touchdowns on the year and has only thrown 5 interceptions. The run game is the strongest part of Oregon’s offense lead by Heisman hopeful LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner. Missing two games with an elbow injury Lamichael James still has rushed for over 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns. Backup Kenjon Barner is really no dropoff of talent with 8 touchdowns on the year and averaging 7 yards a carry. Deanthony Thomas a true freshman running back and slot is the Ducks leading receiver this year and is probably the best true freshman in the PAC 12 and in the country. They also have a few more key skill player that coach Chip Kelly can use to his disposal in this fast paced no huddle spread attack. The offensive line is coached by one of the best coaches in the business and has been solid all year. The Ducks just need to play their game and give USC’s defense no opportunities.
The Ducks defense has been one of the most opportunistic defenses in the country by creating turnovers and opportunities for themselves. The Ducks have played solid defense all year long and average giving up 21 points a game. The defense is a bit undersized but is quick to the football and to the point of attack. They proved last week they can play with bigger physical teams and were able to stop Stanford a couple times. The Ducks secondary is solid and is full of talent. The key for them against the Trojans is to put pressure on Barkley and make the Trojans beat themselves with penalties and turnovers.
Offense: The Trojans have been playing there best football so far this year on this side of the ball as of now. Coming off a huge performance last week against Washington .The Trojan’s have the confidence to maybe pull off a huge upset. The offensive line is very key this week because Oregon’s defense is going to pressure Barkley. Also the big time play making receiver Robert Woods is questionable and if he does play he may be limited to what he can do . This game may turn into a shootout so as always the Trojan’s need to protect the football and keep mental mistakes like false starts to a minimum.
Defense: The defense is coming off a huge game with 6 sacks and only gave up 17 points. The defensive line is they key to this game and needs to stuff the run and put pressure on Thomas. The undersized quick linebackers should be able to match up with the Oregon receivers and backs. Over the years they have struggled against spread offenses and really need to find a way to at least slow down the Ducks Offense. If they do find a way the Trojans will have a good shot at winning this game and maybe a two year losing streak to Oregon.
Summary: This is a must win for both teams being so late in the season. The Odds are in the Ducks hands being at home in a rowdy stadium and the weather to their advantage. The USC defense like any other defense has a disadvantage against Oregon’s offense.
Prediction: The Duck’s will over look USC and allow them to be in the game the whole time. The Trojans are prepared to play in a big game and this would be a huge step forward in the era of probation.
USC 48 Oregon 41
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Written by Tim Young
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