USC Football: What Oregon Means for Arizona

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Nov 3, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans receiver Marqise Lee (9) carries the ball against the Oregon Ducks at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Oregon defeated USC 62-51. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Against Oregon: Marqise Lee and the USC offense exploded for 615 total yards and 51 points against the Ducks. The Trojans averaged 7.7 yards per play and converted eight of 13  third downs. Lee led the team with 12 catches for 157 yards and two touchdowns, along with 251 yards returning kicks. He averaged 31 yards a return. Nelson Agholor also got in on the action with six catches for 162 yards and a touchdown.

What that means for Arizona State: This was the USC offense we’ve been waiting for, and it is for real. For the first time this season Lane Kiffin let his offense go crazy. Lee was unstoppable. Matt Barkley, despite two interceptions (one of which should have been negated by a blatant pass interference that went uncalled), was at his best, throwing for 482 yards and four touchdowns. The emergence of Agholor was a pleasant surprise and he could be a big weapon going forward. Meanwhile, Silas Redd continued his strong season with 91 yards at 5.1 yards per carry and two touchdowns.

Arizona State has the best pass efficiency defense in the conference and sits 13th nationally in that category. They also rank second in the country in sacks and tackles for loss. This game will be a much stiffer test for the Trojan offensive line and the offense as a whole. However, if Kiffin keeps his foot on the gas like he did against Oregon, there’s no reason to believe this offense can be stopped.

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  • Dante Santini

    Correction: Barkley, who is the best passer in the nation, but not the best QB overall, had TWO interceptions any way you cut it against Oregon. If the first should have been called off due to a PI, the third should NOT have been called off due to the erroneous PI call. As the FOX commentators repeatedly said, MB’s pass was not yet in the air when the Oregon player pushed Woods or whomever to the ground. Sorry.

    What USC showed me last weekend is that they still have most of what makes that team still so good, save for the ability to keep expectations in line with reality. You can’t be perfect all the time, every year in any football program. But especially one coming off well-deserved sanctions that shackle recruiting efforts. Pride and
    talent can get you so far, but you have to have the right coaching acumen
    across the board. I don’t think the father/son duo that USC labors under meets that test.

    As an Oregon native, graduate and guy with a serious Quack Addiction, but now living in God’s country up here in Marin (though I keep an SoCal home cause I Luv LA and the Desert), I have long admired and envied the USC football tradition and year after year prowess. Now my family and friends and fellow fans get to enjoy some of the same; you should be happy for us.

    I know the University of Spoiled Championships is destined to rule the FBS world once again, and possibly before too long. Though I wouldn’t predict that next year
    or the next. But by 2015 it is a good bet that Oregon will surely have its hands full with the Trojans.

    And maybe we’ll meet in Eugene in early December this year. I was there last time and that was painful. But MB dancing with the smirk and that idiot spear on OUR turf was a little too Neweaslish-classless. You never see the Ducks do that on any team’s home field, by the way.

    Stay proud USC! You have every reason to remain so.

    Dante