USC vs. Oregon: 10 Keys to Watch When Pac-12 Rivals Renew Pleasantries

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USC vs. Oregon: 10 Keys to Watch When Pac-12 Rivals Renew Pleasantries
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USC vs. Oregon is perhaps one of the best new rivalries in college football, and the game on Saturday may just as well be considered the Pac-12 championship game.

It pits former Pac-10 dynasty—USC—against the Pac-12's rising powerhouse—Oregon—in a battle that will decide the Pac-12 conference title this year as well as Pac-12 titles in the foreseeable future.

Somewhat under the radar as of late, USC is still a great football team. The Trojans are currently 8-2, and while they cannot be ranked in the BCS polls due to NCAA sanctions they are ranked at No. 18 in the AP Poll.

In contrast to USC, Oregon has been anything but under the radar the past few years. The Ducks have claimed two straight Pac-10 titles and, with a huge win over the undefeated Stanford Cardinal, have placed themselves in prime position for a third straight conference championship and also have their eyes on a second consecutive national championship appearance.

Though unconventional rivals, whenever Oregon and USC are playing against one another, expect to see plenty of tension and bitterness expressed on the field. And on Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. PT, the rivalry will once again be renewed on ABC.

Here are 10 keys to watch as Oregon and USC renew their pleasantries.

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