The USC Trojans face off against the Oregon Ducks in Eugene this weekend as they try to play spoiler. The oddsmakers apparently don't think that the Trojans will do a very good job in doing so. According to OddsShark, the Trojans are 14.5 to 15-point underdogs to the Ducks.
From a statistical standpoint, the line makes sense. Oregon is coming off of a big 53-30 road win against the Stanford Cardinal last week. The Ducks get to play at home this week. Oregon is scoring 46.7 points per game, third-best in the nation.
The Trojans, however, have played extremely well this season. The Trojans showed lots of fight against Stanford, taking Andrew Luck and his teammates to three overtimes before Stanford came out with a 56-48 victory.
USC could do the same against Oregon. The Trojans' chances in this game hinge on the availability of USC star receiver Robert Woods. If Woods plays, the Trojans have the ability to score points and keep things close against the speedy Ducks. If he doesn't play, the Ducks could very well cover the 15-point spread and leave the game just one win away from wrapping up the Pac-12 North.