USC Trojans Looking to Play Spoiler Against Oregon Ducks

By Paul Bentley
Matt Kartozian – US Presswire

The No. 17 USC Trojans are normally the team that all opponents gear up for, as they are the ones who generally have a target on their back due to their powerhouse label.  The rolls have changed over the last few years, and now Lane Kiffin and his boys are aiming at the target on the back of the No. 4 Oregon Ducks.  It’s the Trojans who are looking to play spoiler now.

The Oregon Ducks have been jumped multiple times in the BCS polls this year, all while staying undefeated, and scoring over 53 points per game.  The Ducks need to win in style from here on out, as the No, 1 Alabama Crimson Tide, No, 2 Kansas State Wildcats, and No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish all rank ahead of Chip Kelly’s squad.

Although the Trojans have lost to the Standford Cardinal and Arizona Wildcats, an Oregon win at the Coliseum should still make some noise.

There shall be points scored in this one.

The two-headed monster of Kenjon Barner and De’Anthony Thomas at running-back for the Ducks is nearly impossible to slow down.  Both have lightning speed and both get their looks every week.

Mark J. Rebilas – US Presswire

But are they as impressive as USC”s two-headed receiving monster?

Robert Woods and Marqise Lee have made Matt Barkley’s life easy over the last three years.  Although Lee is only a sophomore, he could, if he chose to, stay at USC and set dozens of receiving records.  That is unlikely though, as his NFL stock will be high after this season is over, and the departure of Matt Barkley is not appealing either.  Just last week, Lee set the Pac 12 record for receiving yards in a single game.  Just look at this wild stat line.

When looking at the numbers, Oregon’s running-back duo have combined for 26 touchdowns, whereas Lee and Woods have combined for 20 touchdowns.  Thomas has a punt return for a score, Lee has a kickoff return for a score.

Sure these four are generally the topic of discussion when breaking down these two squads, but the hype is well deserved.

Along with the likelihood of several touchdowns and big plays in this game, history will also be made on Saturday night as Barkley is two completions shy of setting the all-time Pac 12 record.

As impressive as the Ducks have been this year, it’s no easy mission going into Southern California and coming out with a win.  Especially if the boys of Troy are hungry to play spoiler on a Duck dream season.


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