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The USC Trojans will attempt to avoid back-to-back losses when they host the No. 4 Oregon Ducks on Saturday.
Heading into this season, this game was hyped as a game with potential national championship implications. USC has fallen out of the title picture, but Saturday's game against Oregon could be a big boost to its chances to win the Pac-12 South. At 4-2 in conference play, USC currently has a narrow lead in the division.
The Trojan defense will be challenged on Saturday against an Oregon team which leads the country in points per game. The Ducks are coming off a 70-14 win against Colorado and are averaging 53.4 points per game. Led by Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas, the Ducks have one of the best rushing offenses in the country. Oregon is averaging 330.6 rushing yards per game, good for third best. Barner has rushed for 974 yards on the season, while Thomas is averaging 8.6 yards per attempt.
USC has some offensive weapons of its own, led by sophomore receiver Marqise Lee. Lee set a Pac-12 record last week with 345 recieving yards against Arizona and now has 1,129 yards on the season. Leading rusher Silas Redd has just 60 combined rushing yards over his last two games and he will now face an Oregon defense which allows just 3.7 yards per rush attempt.
Oregon has won two of the last three contests, but USC upset the Ducks last season, 38-35.
Game time, TV channel: 7 p.m. ET, FOX
Online streaming video: N/A
Point spread: Oregon favored by six points
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