Another massive game in the Pac-12 and a second straight chance for the USC Trojans to knock off one of their conference rivals as their season has gone downhill. Last week the USC Trojan offense gave Washington a real scare as Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams passed for 312 yards and scored four touchdowns. Earlier this week the Trojans fired their defensive coordinator Alex Grinch whose defense ranked near the bottom in all metrics among teams in the power five. With a change a defensive coordinator and the motivation of potentially ending Oregon’s season, I fully expect the Trojans to come out hot.
The Oregon Ducks have a potential Heisman of their own as Bo Nix ranks highly in the final few weeks of the season. The Ducks have played nearly perfect complimentary football as its defense allows only 16 points per game while its offense averages 47.5 points per game. An offense this explosive could provide a major issue for a USC defense that just fired its coordinator and has struggled all season getting opposing offenses off the field.
The Trojans pulling off the upset could be massive for the Alabama Football team as it looks to leapfrog higher-ranked teams. An Oregon Ducks loss would also provide the opportunity for a potential two-loss Pac-12 champion that would not gain a playoff berth.