THIS WEEK'S MATCHUP
tHIS WEEK'S MATCHUP
No. 1 Oregon at No. 24 USC
WHEN, WHERE: Saturday, 5 p.m., at Los Angeles. TV: ABC.RADIO: KCMX (880-AM).
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Second-year starting cornerback Talmadge Jackson III and the Oregon defense go up against the most efficient passing offense in the Pac-10. Talmadge is Oregon's active leader in interceptions with seven, but only has one of the 13 picks by the defense this season.
USC leads the all-time series 37-17-2 and is 23-6-1 against the Ducks in L.A.Oregon is 6-1 all-time when ranked higher than the Trojans. The last time that happened was 2007 when No. 5 Oregon beat No. 9 USC, 24-17.The two teams have met just three times in L.A. since 2000, with USC winning twice.The home team has enjoyed a lopsided victory the past two seasons — USC 44-10 in '08, and Oregon 47-20 in '09.
ESPN College GameDay will be on site for Oregon vs. USC for the second straight year.Oregon is outscoring its opponents 156-23 in the second half this season and has allowed seven fourth-quarter points.Oregon is 19-3 in Pac-10 play since 2008.LaMichael James is ranked No. 1 nationally in rushing at 161.8 yards per game and is 29 yards shy of 1,000 on the season.Oregon is 7-0 to start a season for the third time in 115 seasons and first since 1933.