Saturday, November 19, 2011

Good Luck Ducks, Week 12: Danger!

Ah, USC, we meet again. Sadly, one of the negative aspects of the new conference alignment is that Oregon will only host the Trojans every 4 years, as they alternate seasons between playing UCLA and USC. The Trojans can really go for broke in tonight's game as they really have nothing to lose. They are still on probation, which means no postseason play, no Pac-12 South title... it's just this game and the UCLA game left for Lane Kiffin and his annoying marching band.

USC has a lot of offensive weapons, and now that Oregon has conquered Stanford all the focus seems to be headed towards Matt Barkley. I don't really get that, personally. Didn't Stanford and USC play to a virtual dead heat this season? Isn't Andrew Luck still the proverbial Man? Unfortunately, despite any accolades you feel like throwing towards the Trojans, a win over USC tonight will not mean as much in the polls and to the computers as the win over Stanford.

Still, this is the best opponent Oregon will face until their bowl game. I am confident that Oregon will not be looking past this game. USC is very dangerous, and it could easily be a much closer game than last week's. Oregon must again play mistake free football and keep the offense moving in order to keep pace with the dangerous Trojans team. Autzen Stadium will be loud tonight.

Above footage from the 2010 Oregon/USC game in LA.

Game time is 5:00 PST with regional coverage on ABC. Go Ducks!

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