Last week the #1 Oregon Ducks made a statement by dominating the UCLA Bruins 60-13. This week should be much more challenging. A win for the Ducks will solidify their hold on the #2 spot in the BCS due to the strength of schedule component of that ranking system. For USC, because of being ineligible to play in a post-season bowl game, this week’s game is de facto USC’s bowl game and their chance to prove they are still one of the best in the nation.
The matchup is so attractive ESPN’s College Game Day will be broadcasting from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
The game is sure to be a high scoring affair. Oregon remains first nationally in points scored per game (55.1) and total offense (569 yards), with USC also in the top 15 in both categories. Oregon’s star running back and Heisman trophy candidate LaMichael James still leads the nation with an average of 161.8 rushing yards per game.
Last Halloween the then #5 ranked Trojans came to Eugene to play the #10 Ducks. And just like this year, ESPN’s College Game Day covered the game. The Ducks destroyed the Trojans 47-20, scoring more points against the Trojans than anyone else had during the Pete Carroll era (2000-2009). Here’s a short summary of last year’s game.
For those of you who love the Black Eyed Peas, here’s a long video with a lot of great Duck highlights from last year’s game. The video even shows coach Chip Kelley’s early morning appearance on College Game Day dressed as the Duck.
Mike the Oregon Duck Fan reporting from Eugene Oregon, where it never rains, it only pours touchdowns!