USC vs. Oregon: Ducks Will Deserve Rematch with LSU With Win vs. USC

Michael Mill@@MikeMill23Senior Analyst IIINovember 19, 2011

STANFORD, CA - NOVEMBER 12:  LaMichael James #21 of the Oregon Ducks warms up before 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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Last night things got really interesting in the college football world when No. 2 Oklahoma State was stunned in overtime against Iowa State.

The loss leaves LSU with their 10-0 record sitting pretty at the top of the BCS Rankings.

This has created many questions about who deserves the No. 2 spot heading very late into the season. There are arguments for Alabama, Oregon, Oklahoma and even Arkansas.

Tonight, the No. 6 Oregon Ducks take on the USC Trojans in what many are considering the unofficial Pac-12 Championship Game. The Ducks are the top team in the Pac-12 North, while the Trojans are the best in the South.

However, due to NCAA sanctions, USC can't participate in the Championship game.

The game tonight could determine the fate of Oregon as the season comes to a close. The last two times that the Ducks and the Trojans have played, Oregon has outscored USC 100-52.

Much of this was due to the performance of running back LaMichael James. He rushed for 422 yards and four touchdowns over those last two meetings.

James has been on a tear again this season, rushing for 1,207 yards and 12 touchdowns. He has averaged 7.9 yards per carry.

There is no team that can stop this Oregon offense. The Stanford defense was just dominated a week ago when the Ducks put up 53 points.

The best performance against Oregon came in Week 1 when LSU held them to 27 points. That game accounts for Oregon's only loss of the season, and it's a loss they may be able to redeem after a victory tonight.

This Oregon team is much better than it was in Week 1. The defense has improved greatly.

If their is any team that deserves a rematch, it's Oregon, not Alabama. A big win tonight should shoot Oregon into the No. 2 spot in the country.