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USC vs Oregon 2016: Keys to the Game

The USC Trojans (5-3) have finally found their stride as they have captured four consecutive victories after a 1-3 start to the season

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The USC Trojans (5-3) have finally found their stride as they have captured four consecutive victories after a 1-3 start to the season. This weekend they host the struggling Oregon Ducks (3-5) who are looking to turn their season around, coming off a win over the Arizona State Sun Devils. The Ducks may have a losing record but they are still explosive and capable of winning any game if underestimated.

Score Quick and Early

The Trojans need to get off to a fast start against Oregon to keep up with their high-powered offense. The Ducks have had their struggles this year keeping opposing teams out of the end-zone, despite that, they have not struggled to find paydirt themselves. Oregon’s offense has eclipsed the 40 point mark four times this season, but their defense has given up 30 points in all but 2 games. This should lead to an entertaining game, seeing as the Trojans’ offense has been firing on all cylinders as of late. Applying early pressure will give USC the upper-hand and a likely victory.

Limit Turnovers

During their four game win streak, the only chip in the Trojans’ armor are their turnovers. Ball security will be extremely important in this game because of Oregon’s explosive offense and ability feed off of momentum. Allowing the Ducks to have extra opportunities to punch the ball in the endzone could lead to an unfortunate ending for USC.

Defensive Prowess

The Trojans will have to be a cohesive unit on the defensive side of the ball to restrain Oregon’s versatile offense. They have a good balance between running and passing the ball while implementing play-action fakes as well. With that said, USC’s secondary will have to keep their eyes in the right place so they are not fooled by the trickery. We can expect to see the Trojans’ stay in a base style defense to counter the Ducks’ uptempo offense and explosive downfield plays.

Catch USC vs Oregon at the L.A. Colliseum on November 5th at 4:00 P.T. on ESPN.

It’s homecoming/reunion weekend so expect the Trojans to put on a show.

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