NCAA Football – Week 10
The Oregon Ducks and the USC Trojans are going to battle it out for supremacy in the Pac-12 on Saturday night in a game with local and national implications to it.
We’ll start with the Ducks, who have to wonder what they have done to deserve this. Every week for the last three weeks, they have fallen behind another BCS contender, and now, they are fourth in the BCS and know that they need at least two teams to lose in front of them in all likelihood to have a shot of traveling to Miami to play for the BCS National Championship in January. Heck, if the LSU Tigers beat the Alabama Crimson Tide this weekend, it’s a wonder whether there would be not just one, but potentially two one-loss teams in front of the Quack Attack. You can’t fault Oregon for its lack of style points. It hasn’t played in a close game all season long, and it is coming off of a 70-14 romp of the Colorado Buffaloes at Autzen Stadium. Still, this is the biggest test of the young career of QB Marcus Mariota, who is turning into one of the best in the Pac-12 with each passing week.
Meanwhile, USC knows that its title hopes have been smashed this year. QB Matt Barkley has put up the numbers over the course of the last few weeks, but barring a huge run at the end of the campaign, he won’t even make it to New York as a Heisman Trophy finalist because his team is out of the national spotlight. A loss would be devastating though, as that would be the third loss in the Pac-12 already this year, and missing out on even a shot at the Rose Bowl would be crippling to a team that really figured to be one of the best in the country this year. When you look at the numbers on this team, you still can’t help but to be impressed offensively. WR Marqise Lee already has 1,129 yards as a receiver to go with 10 TDs, and WR Robert Woods is seemingly slacking with 53 receptions, 585 yards, and nine scores. RB Silas Redd has rushed for 640 yards and seven TDs, and Barkley has 2,266 yards and 25 scores against eight picks. Yet those two losses are all that matters right now, and nothing can change that going forward.
One thing is for sure, and that’s that there are going to be points in this game and plenty of them. There is no doubt that there are two amazing offenses. The question is about the two defenses. 70 is a heck of a lot of points, but there is no doubt in our minds that both of these teams are going to get into the 30s against each other. They did it last year, they did it two years ago, and they’ll do it again for a third straight campaign. Oregon 45 – USC 42