The USC Trojans have the potential to beat the Oregon Ducks, but they still have to realize it. Our USC writers from Conquest Chronicles and Reign Of Troy make their predictions.
What's your prediction for USC vs. Oregon and why?
Trevor Wong, Conquest Chronicles: Something inside tells me USC somehow keeps it close for maybe a half, and then, Oregon runs away with the game in the second half. It'd be almost similar to the 2009 game in Eugene, where the Ducks outscored the Trojans 23-3 in the second half to run away with the game and win 47-20. Throw in a revenge factor from last year - if you believe in that - and considering how both USC and Oregon are playing at the moment, this game could get ugly really fast.
Michael Castillo, Reign Of Troy: Well, quite simply, it would be the most USC thing ever for the Trojans to beat Oregon and suddenly look like the team everyone expected they would be, only after shooting themselves in the foot and killing their title chances. We saw it in 2006, 2007 and 2008, as the Trojans lost to the teams they should have beat, while beating the top flight teams. Is it in this set of Trojans? I'm not so sure.
There's a thousand question marks and injuries have have reared their head with Randall Telfer and Curtis McNeal missing action on offense. But still, there's the talent there to be had of course, and reportedly the players felt sick after watching a two-hour montage of every penalty they've committed this season. Just get the sense that USC will somehow troll college football and beat Oregon, thus making the east coast once again stop taking the Pac-12 seriously. Trojans win 48-38, and yes, I need medication.
Josh Webb, Reign Of Troy: Your guess is as good as mine. I have no idea which USC team is going to show up to the Coliseum on Saturday. The Trojans have played much better at home than they have on the road, but that doesn't necessarily mean that they will play well enough to beat Oregon. I think we will know what brand of USC football will be playing on Saturday within the first quarter. So, my prediction comes in two parts.
Based on last weekend: 50-31 Oregon
Based on USC's potential: 40-35 USC