USC will host the No. 1 team in the nation on Saturday when the rampaging Oregon Ducks come to Los Angeles. ESPN's
Oregon enters the game as a 6.5-point favorite. Oregon is 3-6 against the spread away from home the last two seasons and 2-5 in its last seven against USC. This is the first time since 2001 (vs. UCLA) that USC is a home underdog, a string of 51 games. In fact, USC's underdog status against Stanford three weeks ago was the first time the Trojans were not favored since 2007. But while there is not a lot of data to analyze as far as USC playing the underdog role, there are two trends that point the Trojans' way: The home team has covered the last four in this series, and USC has covered six straight home games after a bye week.
Oregon delivers a host of mind-blowing offensive statistics, but here's another secret to the Ducks' success: They lead the nation in takeaways with 25.
This is USC's bowl game. There is a "red-out" organized for the Coliseum and you can bet Kiffin has been reminding the proud Trojans of their underdog role all week. Both defenses are going to have trouble stopping the opposing offense without turnovers, and Oregon has proved to be adept at taking the ball away this season. This one should have high energy, high excitement and a high score. Oregon pulls one out in the fourth quarter to keep its national title hopes alive.