These two offenses together may be more exciting than the entire MLB postseason, but there is no need to discuss such a sport that is officially over.
The best comparison would be how these two teams have arguably the most electric, top home run hitters in the game.
De’Anthony Thomas and Marqise Lee are simply unstoppable right now, which should give the nation one hell of a matchup.
Lee hauled in 16 passes for a ridiculous 345 yards and 2 TD, which are absurd numbers. The sophomore is the best in the country for his position….by far right now!
Plus, remember the coming out party that Mr. Lee had one season ago against the Ducks where he went off for 8 grabs, 187 yards and a TD?
There is no stopping him right now thanks to Robert Woods doing well enough and that quarterback is still spinning it decent enough.
Matt Barkley put together his best performance of his career last year against the Ducks, and this time he has the home crowd on his side.
Oregon may be practicing with the ‘Tommy Trojan’ and USC marching band song going off during practice, but there is no stopping the Trojan offense if USC can take care of the ball.
Plus, as great as the Ducks have played they may not have their two star defenders at 100% this weekend. Dion Jordan (shoulder) is one of the most talented edge rushers out there, and linebacker Kiko Alonzo (wrist) is very talented too.
Being limited in practice is not a huge deal since they are just resting up for the game of the year at this point, but it will be intruiging to see just how productive they are.
Once the game is underway usually your emotions can carry you a far way until potentially your body is drained by the fourth quarter.
That is why the USC running game may be the one thing they have going for them against this extremely quick and athletic Ducks defense.
There is no slowing the Ducks offense down, but if USC can take care of the ball on offense there is a slight shot that they actually outscore the highest flying team in the nation.
Silas Redd has been playing well, but the team was without Curtis McNeal in their upset loss to the Cats (concussion). However, he will be playing alongside the former Nittany Lion back that can run circles against most Pac-12 defenses.
The offensive line of USC has had a ton of injuries this year, but their ability to stick with the gameplan of taking time off the clock will be vital.
Oregon’s offense can have several drives where they have scored on just a few plays. Limiting the possessions Oregon will be quite the scene since the Ducks may have a hard time slowing this Trojan offense down thanks to their All-American wide-outs.
Oregon’s 4-2-5 defense has been stifling thanks to their ability to build a 30-point lead in a matter of deep breaths. However, USC is far too talented to just implode in the first half.
It was an embarrassing loss to Arizona this past week thanks to 13 penalties for 117 yards and 5 horrific turnovers.
They would have walked away winners had they done below average as opposed to abysmal in discipline and controllable mistakes.
Clearly, it is going to take USC’s best game to knock off the Ducks and everybody is just banking on the Ducks to prove a point for being dogged in the BCS.
While I have stated several times that I feel Oregon is the second best team on the planet, everybody is disrespecting Lane Kiffin and this program for their lack of attention to detail early on in games.
I may be one of the few to foresee it this way, but USC’s offense is all that and the defense is not nearly as bad as they showed last weekend.
Marcus Mariotta has been a borderline Heisman contender since he is controlling the fastest offense out there, but USC has the athletes at linebacker (Dion Bailey, Hayes Pullard) to pony up and slow them down.
Fasten your seat belts because this one has the makings of being one of the best games of the season despite LSU-Bama being just one hour after this kickoff (and therefore the Pac-12 may get a backseat).
Bank on that borderline miracle occurring as I have mentioned with the dominoes starting to fall out of nowhere. USC was not the No. 1 preseason team by accident and just because their discipline and execution has been lackluster does not mean they have no shot at pulling off the upset.
They have every bit as talent on paper as the Ducks do, they just have not been able to put together a solid performance yet on defense. The offense needs to run the ball effectively, and we need to see the hard-hitting ability that USC brought to the table at the end of last year.
Remember when they nearly upset Stanford in a smashmouth battle despite losing?
We need to see that passion and aggression that the Trojans brought to the table to prove a point. The BCS is not a closed cased for USC in terms of appearing a trip to Pasadena.
Yes, USC is not nearly as good as the Ducks so far this season but they have the pieces to pull off a stunner and will give plenty of hope to the likes of Kansas State and Notre Dame by knocking them out of contention.
College football is where upsets are born and this high-scoring affair may be one to remember.
Time: 7 p.m. Eastern
Experts Pick: Oregon by 8
Danny V’s Pick: USC 45, Oregon 42