The USC Trojans hope for qualifying for the College Football playoffs is now gone. The Oregon Ducks still have a shot at getting in. The Trojans are a dangerous spoiler team that may be able to outscore Oregon. The Trojans defense will keep them from winning this game, but the offense gives them a shot to cover.
Oregon is 8-1 overall and 5-1 in PAC-12 Conference play, ranking #6 this season. They suffered their only defeat to Washington four weeks ago by three points but have responded by winning three in a row against Washington State, Utah and California since. On Saturday, Oregon defeated Cal 63-19. Oregon quickly dominated Cal, racing to a 35-13 halftime advantage before outscoring them 28-6 in the second half. Oregon quarterback Bo Nix had an excellent game, throwing for 386 yards on 19-for-38 passing while also throwing four touchdowns and an interception in this win. Running back Bucky Irving carried 18 times for 89 yards while wide receiver Tez Johnson caught 12 passes for 180 yards with two touchdowns scored against him.
Nix has amassed 2,723 yards while completing 78% of his passes this season and 25 touchdowns against just two interceptions – all while only being sacked four times! Irving averages 6.9 yards per carry while scoring nine touchdowns this year; Troy Franklin and Johnson combined for another 16 scores!
On defense, Evan Williams leads with 53 tackles this year, while Brandon Dorlus has collected four sacks the highest mark on the team. Khyree Jackson and Tysheem Johnson each collected two interceptions each, which is the top mark on the roster.
USC stands at 7-3 overall. Entering Saturday, the Trojans had lost three of their last four contests against Notre Dame, Utah and Washington, winning only by one point against Cal during this stretch.USC lost to Washington 52-42 on Saturday, Nov. 4. USC started strong and built an early lead, taking an initial 14-7 edge and eventually leading 28-21 before Washington’s incredible offense caught up with them. Washington outscored USC 10-0 in the fourth quarter, ultimately determining who won. Quarterback Caleb William finished with 312 passing yards on 27 of 35 attempts while running back Austin Jones ran for 127 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries; wide receiver Tahj Washington caught eight passes for 122 yards and one touchdown to become the top target for Washington’s attack during this encounter.
Williams has amassed 2,958 yards through 69% completion. He has amassed 28 passing touchdowns while only throwing four interceptions. Running back Marshawn Lloyd leads the rushing attack with 766 yards; eight times, he’s found the end zone; Austin Jones scored five times; Washington is their top wide receiver target with 19 average reception yards per reception and six touchdowns to his credit.
On defense, USC is led by Mason Cobb with 63 tackles this year and six sacks from Jamil Muhammad; Calen Bullock and Christian Roland-Wallace both secured two interceptions each this season.
The point spread is too big at two touchdowns in this game. Oregon will win the game, but the Trojans will cover that mass-point spread. Oregon 48 USC 38.
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