Many Oregon fans were concerned when All-American safety John Boyett went down for the season after the first game, but Avery Patterson has actually been better, and had interceptions in three straight games before the Colorado contest. The pair of sophomore corners, Terrance Mitchell and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, have emerged as two of the best cover corners in the conference this season. Offensively, everybody knows about Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas, but tight end Colt Lyerla and WR Bralon Addison have emerged as Mariota's favorite targets through the air, and have seven touchdowns between them.
5. Prediction on game? Does Oregon have a letdown considering how USC has played so far this year?
I don't think there is any chance for a letdown, not after how hyped this game has been and what happened in Autzen last season. There were two reasons that USC won last season: they had a ton of success running the ball early, which forced safeties into the box and a freshman corner to cover Marqise Lee 1-on-1, and defensively, the Trojans were able to shut down the Oregon running game for 2 1/2 quarters. Even so, the Ducks almost came back to win once they got rolling. The Trojans lost so much on both lines that I don't see that being replicated, especially with elite corners on both sides of the field for the Ducks. USC is too talented for this one to be over at halftime, but I like the Ducks to pull away as the fatigue starts to set in, and notch another three score victory.
Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. and the game will be televised on FOX.