1. The Oregon Ducks will force Four Turnovers:
With Matt Barkley having thrown eight INT's this season, and two INT's against the Arizona Wildcats last week, the Oregon Ducks will look to put pressure on the quarterback early and often in this Saturday's contest.
Wideouts Robert Woods and Marqise Lee of USC will be the primary play-makers for Barkley and the Trojans.
Lee has over 1,100 yards receiving this year and if Barkley can settle in he and the Trojans' offense can be dangerous.
However, they are also undisciplined as one of the most penalized team in the NCAA.
Look for the Ducks to capitalize on the Trojans being in 2nd and 3rd-and-long situations, with various exotic blitz packages hoping to force Barkley to make quick and poor decisions due to interior pressure.
Barkley three INT's and USC one fumble = Ducks' four forced turnovers
2. Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas scores Three TDs
Thomas is one of the most electrifying players in college football, and he proved this last year when the Ducks and Trojans met when he took a 96-yard kickoff back for a touchdown. An original verbal commit to USC from Crenshaw High in Los Angeles, Thomas has a little extra to prove against his hometown team.
He returns back to USC for the first time in his Sophomore campaign with his sights set on traveling to Miami in January for the National Championship game.
His speed is undeniable, and he hopes to use his speed to get on the edge against the Trojans' pass defense that has given up 240 yards/game in the air and a more modest 150 yards on the ground. Look for Thomas to be active out of the gate, as the fast paced Ducks offense will feature him early and often.
3. Marqise Lee is held under 100 yards receiving
Despite a monster game this past week against Arizona, (345 receiving yards: PAC-12 record), Marqise Lee will be stymied by the Oregon defense. There is no denying is talent and athleticism, but as the Ducks pressure Matt Barkley and don't allow him to connect on big pass plays, USC will not be able to gain big chunks of yards, and Lee will become a non factor.
Score: Oregon 52 - USC 17