A signature win against their top Pac-12 rival could catapult the Oregon Ducks near the top BCS standings, as they take on the USC Trojans Saturday night at Los Angeles Coliseum.
The Ducks are ranked No. 2 in both polls, but sit fourth in the BCS behind Alabama, Kansas State and Notre Dame.
Boasting the highest scoring offense in the country and the third most rushing yards per game, the Ducks padded their stats against Colorado last week in a 70-14 win.
Kenjon Barner and De’Anthony Thomas combined for 211 rushing yards and three touchdowns as Oregon raced out to a 56-0 lead with 447 of their 612 total yards gained in the first half.
Quarterback Marcus Mariota contributed two touchdown passes and went 10-for-14 for 136 yards, while the Ducks’ defense held Colorado to two third down conversions for the entire game.
Oregon has won 11 straight games dating back to last season when they fell to the Trojans 38-35.
The No. 18 Trojans will try to bounce back from their second loss of the season last week, when they gave up a 15-point lead and fell to Arizona 39-36.
Despite receiver Marqise Lee’s Pac-12 record 345 yards and 16 catches for two touchdowns, the Trojans couldn’t recover from 27 straight points by the Wildcats.
Arizona’s Matt Scott would throw for 369 yards, and rushed for 100, leading the Wildcats on four straight scoring drives in the second half.
Quarterback Matt Barkley went 31-for-49 for 493 yards and three scores with two picks, but the Trojans coughed up five turnovers and committed 13 penalties for 117 yards, giving Arizona ample opportunities to score.
It was the first time all season the Trojans had allowed an opponent to score more than 29 points, which cannot be a good sign heading into Sunday’s showdown with the Ducks.
The fewest points Oregon has scored this season is 42, in their 17-point drubbing of Fresno State on Sept. 8.
The contest begins at 7 p.m. EDT and will be broadcast FOX.
Prediction: USC may be able to hold off Oregon’s initial burst in the first half, but they won’t be able to contain them for the entire game. Look for a shootout with Oregon pulling away with a huge third quarter.
Betting Odds: Oregon is favored by 9 points
Over/Under: 71 points
Predicted Score: Oregon 45, USC 30