The capacity of Oregon's Autzen Stadium is almost 40,000 less people than USC's L.A. Coliseum can hold. No wonder it's been sold out for 79 consecutive games, dating back to 1999. The stadium is set up to trap in noise, some calling it the "House of Loud." Despite a reduced capacity compared to the Trojans' home field, it sounds like USC will still have its hands full in Eugene.
Oregon has had 12 of its 57 touchdown drives occur within sixty seconds. Within two minutes, the ducks have scored another 33 times. Talk about an up-tempo offense.
The ducks tie for 5th nationally with 32 sacks (a conference-high) whereas the Trojans' 23 sacks ranks 32nd in the nation.
The Ducks have won 19 straight conference games, the longest streak ever for the Pac-12 conference. USC is 5-2 in conference play this season.
Oregon has a nine-game winning streak, with the one loss coming to LSU in Louisiana against the Tigers who are currently the nation's top-ranked team.
The University of Oregon has put up 467 points on opponent this season, an average of 51.8 points per game. If Barkley & Co. can't score early, Saturday will be a long night for these Trojans.
Surprisingly, the Ducks have a flaw! Oregon has had 75 penalties this season, ranking seventh in the Pac-12 conference. While USC ranks third with 60, if the Trojans hadn't played "lackadaisical" as Lane Kiffin called his team in the second half of the Washington rout--where USC committed six penalties--the Trojans would be first or second in this category. For a young team they've been very disciplined.
The Trojans rank second in the conference in rushing defense, giving up an average of 3.5 yards per carry. This is good news for USC considering the triple threat of backs at the Ducks' disposal including De'Anthony Thomas, LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner.
De'Anthony Thomas' 1, 497 all-purpose yards to date have set the Oregon record by a true freshman.
Oregon's four two-point conversions are tied for the most in FBS.
The USC-Oregon spread began at -16.5, then dropped to 14.5. Now it's at 15. It will be interesting to see if the Trojans can keep up with the pace of these Ducks and make the score close. After whipping the Cardinal 53-30 last week, UO is looking like the toughest team to beat in the country.