If the Oregon Ducks had to circle one game on their schedule at the beginning of the 2012 season, without question, it would be Nov. 3, against the USC Trojans.
Not only did the Trojans take down the Ducks at Autzen stadium last year, but they thrashed Oregon's chances of getting back into the BCS national championship discussion.
Although the Trojans were the favorite coming into the season, a pair of losses to the Stanford Cardinal and Arizona Wildcats has USC behind the No. 4 Ducks in the BCS rankings at No.17.
Now that Oregon is the favorite to win the showdown on Nov. 3, will the Ducks come into the matchup feeling untouchable, or will they run into the coliseum seeking vengeance from the upset in 2011?
Here are the keys Oregon needs to utilize to overcome their southern foe in 2012.