College Football Predictions: USC Trojans at Oregon Ducks (-16.5)
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After last week’s dismantling of the Stanford Cardinal on the road mind you, it’s actually somewhat surprising to see that Oregon is not favorite by at least three TDs against USC, especially since it’s a home game.
That being said however, the Trojans do have a more spread and stretch the defense type of offense than Stanford. So, it’s quite possible for USC to put up near 35 points against an Oregon defense who’s although fast, sometimes gets themselves out of position.
A lot of factors in this game will come down to whether the Ducks can force turnovers defensively. USC QB Matt Barkley is very good at being a precision passer and make solid decisions on a consistent basis. Not to mention he has great deep ball accuracy.
As for when Oregon has the ball, the Trojans defense will have never faced an offense of this speed. The reason why USC was able to have some success in stopping the Stanford offense is because the Cardinal is more ground and pound, as opposed to speed and option.
Now include the Trojans youth on defense against an experienced Oregon offense and the Trojans will be fortunate to hold the Ducks under 45 points. In turn, that will force Trojans coach Lane Kiffin to try and keep pace with the Oregon offense, which also put them at risk in terms of turning the ball over.
So with all this being said, expect the Ducks to start and end fast offensively, and gradually begin to shutdown the Trojans offense. Oregon will win by a score of about 56-28, so they are a safe option.
Take the Ducks against the spread
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