Oregon plays USC on Saturday at Autzen Stadium

Staying alive in the Pac-12 Championship game race is what is at stake for the No. 23 Oregon Ducks when they play the No. 22 USC Trojans at Autzen Stadium on Saturday. Ryan Abraham and Steve Summers conclude the preview series with predictions.

The 7-3, 5-2 Oregon Ducks need a win over the USC Trojans (with an identical record) this Saturday if there is any hope of returning to the Pac-12 Championship game. Both the Ducks and Trojans are on a four-game win streak. The two teams last met at Autzen in 2011 when the Trojans upset the Ducks, 38-35. Oregon returned the favor the following year at the LA Coliseum, in a 62-51 shootout. USC comfortably holds the all-time series record, 38-19-2 but since 1994, Oregon has a 9-6 advantage.

Oregon Game Notes:

Royce Freeman has scored at least one touchdown in 18 of his 25 career games; he also leads the nation in rushes of 10 yards or more with 47. Freeman is currently the No. 5 nationally in rushing with 1,392 yards. He is the fourth Duck to ever rush for 1,000 yards plus in back-to-back seasons.

Vernon Adams, Jr. has thrown a touchdown in 33 straight games including eight games in which he threw five or more TDs. Adams has 12,111 yards of passing for his career including his three-years at Eastern Washington.

Bralon Addison caught TD pass No. 15 and 16 against California and needs two more TD passes to tie Lew Barnes (1983-85) and Ahmad Rashad (1969-71) for ninth place all-time in Oregon history.

The Ducks have not allowed a kickoff return for touchdown in 126 games stretching back to 2006 against Arizona State.

Kickoff for Saturday’s game is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Pacific. The game will be carried on ESPN. 

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