• De'Anthony Thomas says he is ready for the matchup with USC.
Thomas and the No. 4 Oregon Ducks welcome his hometown Trojans into Autzen Stadium with the opportunity to host the inaugural Pac-12 title game on the line.
Tabbed as the best player to come out of the Los Angeles area in recent memory, Thomas — who many expected to be wearing Trojan red and gold this season — will instead face the team he grew up watching.
• Ken Goe reminds us it will be strength against strength as Oregon's run game will try to be stopped by the USC run defense.
• David Lieberman calls USC's recent run of wins a renaissance.
• Lucas Clark looks at the big picture for Oregon.
• Kenny Ocker and Adam Jude have Q&A's with Darrion Weems.
• Terrell Turner is soaking up the limelight whether it is on the football field or behind the camera.
• The Oregon safeties are having fun making big plays.
“Eddie [Pleasant] and I work real well together,” said [John] Boyett, the junior free safety from Napa, Calif. “The main thing we work on is communication and make sure each other gets lined up. And we know if we can get lined up and get on the same page, then we can be successful.”
• Ted Miller wonders "did you know?"
Oregon is in the driver’s seat in the Pac-12 North. The Ducks can clinch the division by beating USC or if California beats Stanford. If Oregon can go on and win the Pac-12 title game, the Ducks will have their third consecutive outright conference title. How impressive would that be?
• More predictions are coming in and Matt Hayes of The Sporting News has Oregon winning by 10 and Rob Moseley predicts a 17 point advantage for the Ducks.
• Dale Newton wonders if the Ducks can create "Fright Night 3" for USC.
Oregon's defense has been tenacious for the last several weeks, dramatically asserting themselves in the road wins over Washington and Stanford. They shut down a pair of 1000-yard rushers. They harrassed and pressured the quarterback, leading the conference now by a wide margin with four sacks per game in league play. They need to get to Barkley, who doesn't like to get hit.