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USC vs. Oregon: Ducks Will Triumph in Unofficial Pac-12 Championship Game

STANFORD, CA - NOVEMBER 12:  LaMichael James #21 of the Oregon Ducks in action during their game against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Stanford, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Michael MillSenior Analyst IIINovember 19, 2011

The first Pac-12 Championship Game is scheduled for December 2 on the home field of the team in the conference with the best record.

The real Pac-12 Championship Game will be then. The unofficial one will actually take place tomorrow when the USC Trojans travel to Eugene to take on the Oregon Ducks.

The No. 4-ranked Ducks are currently sitting atop the Pac-12 North standings with a 7-0 conference record.

The Trojans are sitting atop the Pac-12 South standings with a 5-2 conference record.

The two teams are clearly the best in their respective divisions in the conference.

However, due to NCAA sanctions, USC is unable to participate in the championship game and later postseason play.

That won't stop this game from being dubbed as the unofficial championship.

At the end of the day, it really doesn't matter. It appears that Oregon will run away with the game tomorrow. It also appears they will dominate whoever they are matched up against on December 2.

The last two times that the Ducks and the Trojans have played, Oregon has outscored USC 100-52.

The reason for these beatings has been because of one player—LaMichael James. He has rushed for
422 yards and four touchdowns over those last two meetings.

James hasn't slowed down this year. He has rushed for 1,207 yards, which ranks sixth in the country, and 12 touchdowns this year. He has averaged 7.9 yards per carry.

The USC defense may be stout against the run, ranking eighth best in the nation, but they will have their hands full with James.

Everybody was praising the Stanford defense last week. James rushed for 146 yards and three touchdowns against them. Expect similar results this weekend.

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