So who gets the nod here?
Duck head coach Chip Kelly has a lot more toys to play with than Lane Kiffin due to NCAA scholarship restrictions. One key starter getting hurt could elicit Kiffin's Rose Bowl berth hopes going up in flames.
On the flip side, Kelly plays fast and loose on the field and doesn't even think twice about going for it on fourth down. In his own territory. It's a fast-paced offense which will gas USC's defense since the unit doesn't have a lot of available reserves to relieve the starters.
Kiffin will undoubtedly try to put some points up early and then run the ball to keep the Ducks' offense off the field and keep his defense rested.
Kelly will just keep doing what has been successful for him: Run the ball incessantly and take advantage of linebackers crowding the box by throwing it deep. USC's secondary will have to step up, and they should do a a good job of keeping the big play in check.
Both of these coaches are extremely talented but Lane Kiffin has had a tendency to fall back on some vanilla play-calling at times while Kelly is innovative and aggressive.
Chip Kelly gets the slight, ever-so-slight edge in coaching.