When I projected USC’s schedule before the season, I had today’s game vs. Oregon as a loss.
Nothing that happened last week vs. Colorado really changed my mind about the Trojans. They were lucky to win and Steven Montez‘s injury had more to do with it than Kedon Slovis‘ heroics in the fourth quarter.
The fact Oregon is ranked No. 7 also bolsters the case for choosing the Ducks.
And yet I am going to pick USC.
Why? Because Oregon has some things to prove despite being the favorite. QB Justin Herbert needs to show he can carry the team and not hide behind the running game. The defense needs to prove it handle the Air Raid better than it did last week vs. Washington State. The Ducks need to win a big road game.
USC is many things – mostly negative — but the Trojans do seem to play different at home. I can see USC doing a lot of awful things and still winning on a Michael Pittman or Tyler Vaughns TD.
I’m not exactly confident picking USC. But I will take the Trojans, 34-27.