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ScoopDuck Predictions: Oregon vs USC

November 1, 2019

We are one day away from gameday which means its prediction time. The Ducks and Trojans figures to be a heck of a shootout in Los Angeles Saturday late afternoon.

Oregon has had a tremendous season so far and is now getting everyone’s best shot. Will that be any different this weekend with USC?

The Ducks remain in control of their own destiny in the North while USC could push into control of the South starting with a win against Oregon. Heck, this might only be game one of this series this season potentially?

Still the recruiting implications of this one are abound. Oregon has plucked some big-time talent out of Southern California and chances are they will be fired up for this one.

It’s time to talk it out. Let’s see what our panel thinks of Saturday’s tussle. 

James Duty

Saturday marks the game I felt would be the toughest remaining for Oregon at the beginning of October. After Washington and Wazzu the past two weeks I honestly can’t imagine this game will be any tougher than either of those. I worry that Oregon may be a little worn down but everything I have heard is positive inside the facility this week. I think the defense bounces back and is able to neutralize a potent USC passing attack after facing the air raid for a second week in a row.
I believe the offense has hit its stride. Running game is on point right now with CJ and CHL carrying the load and Herbert showed last week in the final drive that he has the weapons to unleash on the outside. This won’t be a blow out but it should be comfortable enough to not come down to the final possession like the last two games.

Oregon 34, USC 24


I went back and forth on this one.  I really did as USC is unbeaten at home this year winning every game by at least a TD, even over Utah.  I think this will be Oregon’s most difficult game before the Pac-12 championship game.  USC’s offense has been very good with Slovis at QB and it will challenge the Oregon defense.  I think this is a back-and-forth game the entire way with Oregon pulling it out at the end, again, fraying the nerves of Ducks fans everywhere.  USC’s injuries and Oregon’s ability to run the ball against USC should be the difference in this one.

Oregon 31, USC 28

Jacob Archer

Oregon’s running game has been excellent the past few weeks, and I see no reason as to why it’ll slow down against an injury depleted USC defense. However USC boasts one of the best trios of pass catchers in the country, and I believe they’ll have relative success moving the ball in the passing game. I think this game will be a battle all 4 quarters, but Oregon’s running game will be too strong and they’ll squeak by in this one. 

Oregon 31, USC 28

Max Torres

This is a matchup I bet both teams have had circled for quite some time. Oregon's CaliFlock movement was kick-started and continues to be fueled by athletes from the Los Angeles area, and the Trojans blew the doors open against the Ducks the last time they came to L.A.

Oregon walks into the Coliseum confident, having been battle tested on the road against Washington and then responding well to adversity in a tight game against Washington State. Meanwhile, USC hasn't lost at home this year.

Keep an eye on the USC receivers against the Oregon secondary. The Ducks' offense has found a groove, particularly in the ground game, and I expect them to lean on it heavily on Saturday.

I think this one will be very close, but I give the Ducks the nod due to their physicality and resiliency.

Oregon 28, USC 24

Chris McCulley

Oregon heads to Southern California to take on the Trojans, who are on a two-game winning streak.

Freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis has been impressive, but he has taken a beating in the process. Look for the Ducks to dial up some pressure. Hopefully, defensive leader Troy Dye is close to 100%.

USC wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. will be playing on Sundays. Don’t be surprised to see him rack up over 100 yards and score a TD.

CJ Verdell looked terrific last week. I'm not sure I have seen a kid runner harder, and Ducks will look to ride CJ and Cyrus Habibi-Likio.

I figure the Ducks take an early lead and make the Trojans very one-dimensional offensively. The heat will be turned up on Slovis and he will make some freshman mistakes.

The Ducks capitalize and take home the victory.

Oregon 31, USC 21


I have gone back and forth on this one literally up until the moment I started typing this. I loaded everyone else’s in and all I noticed was the scores. I was astounded how low everyone predicted this one would play out.

Can Oregon slow down USC’s passing attack? Can USC slow down Oregon’s rushing attack? 

Two obvious questions about the game. 

USC hasn’t lost at home this year. Ok well that included a win over a severely banged up Stanford team, Utah and Arizona. Did you know USC has only scored more than 31 points 3 times this year? Against Stanford, Arizona and Colorado. Not exactly the offensive juggernaut we’re making them out to be. 

Sure they came roaring back against Notre Dame but I have felt that team was overrated all year long and I continue to believe it. Washington held them to 14 points. And that defense is much more comparable to Oregon’s from what we’ve seen on the schedule so far. 

There isn’t a doubt in my mind Oregon will get USC’s best shot. I fully believe they will come firing with all they’ve got as Wazzu and Washington did the past two weeks. Oregon isn’t sneaking up on anyone anymore, they’re the team everyone gets up to face. And even with those best shots, they’ve figured out a way to win. 

I fully believe this one could go either way. Whoever wins the turnovers and penalties battles, wins. And those are two metrics that come largely in part to coaching and discipline. Which means I’m betting on Mario Cristobal vs Clay Helton. 

The game within the game is Graham Harrell vs Andy Avalos. From Hythloday’s analysis, we know Avalos can adjust but it seems as though Harrell is reluctant to do so. Or can’t. In any event, with this one close, I’m betting on the discipline of a Mario Cristobal-led team along with Andy Avalos’ ability to adjust his defense. Oregon is going to win the turnover battle and therefore wins a tight one on the road. When this game is close at half and even into the third quarter, don’t panic.

Oregon 41, USC 38 (USC scores 38 only because they will play out of their minds)

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