When the Oregon Ducks and USC Trojans square off this weekend in the Los Angeles Coliseum, you will see many popular names on the field. Many of those players have already established themselves as college football players, and will eventually make a name for themselves in the NFL.
But with a matchup that is so close on the field and has so much on the line, the outcome of the game is often decided by the guys you wouldn't expect to make an impact. Sure, the offenses are terrific on both sides, but both clubs are also above-average defensive teams, and have guys that could make a difference on that side of the ball.
We all know about Matt Barkley, Marqise Lee, Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas.
Here are a few players that could make a difference in this game, and help decide who will take that next step towards accomplishing its 2012 goals.
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