The Oregon vs. UCS game is the best the Pac-10 Conference has to offer in week 9. It could also help Oregon in the week 10 BCS standings if they can put a win on the board against a team with a winning record finally. College football fans across the country have been quick to point out that Oregon shouldn’t be No. 1 in the BCS standings until they can prove themselves against good teams. Before the USC game, the only really good opponent that Oregon has beaten in 2010 is Stanford. Every other team has fallen below .500 that they have beaten, lowering their strength of schedule.
USC comes into this game with a 5-2 record, and in a typical year, they would be thinking about still trying to make it to the Rose Bowl as the Pac-10 representative. USC is not bowl eligible this year or next, so instead they will have to play the role of spoiler, and they could do just that over the next few weeks. According to the USC schedule, the Trojans get to play Oregon, Arizona, and Oregon State before the 2010 college football season comes to an end, and all three schools are hoping for a big bowl invite. Now USC might be playing for something after all, and their opponents should be worried.
According to Oregon’s team stats so far this season, they are the highest-rated offense in the country. Oregon averages 55.1 points per game as well as 308 rushing yards. Their total offensive output is 569 yards per game, making them an extremely scary unit for any defense to have to go up against. Not only that, but the Ducks only give up 15.9 points per game, meaning they are outscoring their opponents by 40 points on average this year. They even beat Stanford 52-31, showing that they can keep pace with some of the best players out there. Now they will need both the offense and defense to come through in Southern California on Saturday.
Game time for the Oregon vs. USC game is 5 p.m. PT (8 p.m. ET) on Saturday, Oct. 30. ABC will be providing national coverage for the game, and that should give college football fans around the country a chance to see Oregon first hand. It will be a great opportunity for the school to show what they can do on the road, and voters will definitely be paying close attention to see if they should still be ranked No. 1 in the AP Top 25, Harris Poll, and Coaches’ Poll this year. Oregon wants to be No. in the 2010 BCS standings too though, but for that there is still work to be done.