No. 5 USC at No. 10 Oregon Preview: A Neutral Perspective of the Game

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No. 5 USC at No. 10 Oregon Preview: A Neutral Perspective of the Game
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This game is being tabbed as the "game of the week" or "the game of year," but the one thing it definitely is is a key game when it comes to deciding the Pac-10.

It will be more interesting than watching No. 3 Texas at No. 15 Oklahoma State play on Halloween night. 

Plus, according to Oregon's website, College GameDay will be there along with the National Championship trophy, so this game must be important in some way. 

The Trojans and Ducks face off in Eugene at Autzen Stadium for the eighth time in the Pete Carroll era. The only times they haven't faced each other were in 2003 and 2004.

Carroll is 4-3 against the Ducks with two of those losses coming at Autzen Stadium and one at the Coliseum.

Both teams head into Saturday's game with 6-1 overall records, with USC being 3-1 in conference play and Oregon being 4-0.

USC's lone loss this season came when quarterback Matt Barkley was sidelined with a shoulder injury at Washington, but since then Barkley has led the Trojans to four straight wins. 

Oregon's only loss so far came at the hands of Boise State when Oregon had to travel and play on the blue turf in Boise. That game's lasting impression was what happened with LeGarrette Blount, and we all know how that went. 

Last week the Trojans looked less than stellar against an average Oregon State team while giving up 482 yards of total offense—something a USC defense hasn't done since losing to Texas in the National Championship game in 2006. 

On the other hand, Jeremiah Masoli, returning from a knee injury, led Oregon to a 43-19 romp of Washington. 

Yes, you can say Oregon gave Washington a whipping and USC lost to Washington, but that would be like comparing apples to oranges considering Aaron Corp started in place of Barkley.

I do think Oregon manages to find a way to hang on and win as long as they are able to stop USC's running backs and pressure Barkley. 

Also I think the crowd noise plays into this game a little bit, seeing as Autzen will most likely be filled beyond capacity and is sure to be loud. The crowd noise is so bad it even got to Jahvid Best's nerves. 

I believe this game will live up to the hype it has. So like T.O says, "get ya popcorn ready," because it is going to be one fine game. 

Oregon wins it by at least a touchdown. 

I have the unfortunate task of watching Central Michigan and Boston College play early that afternoon. But I know for sure come 8 p.m Eastern time I will be enjoying this game on Halloween, and most college football fans will be as well. 

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