The kickoff time for this year’s USC vs. Oregon State game on November 3 was announced on Monday with the Trojans and Beavers set for Pac-12 After Dark action.
An early kickoff for USC’s battle with ASU in Week 9 was a welcome reprieve for Trojan fans tired of seeing USC play well into the night. But it will be a short one.
The USC vs. Oregon State game on November 3 in Corvallis will kickoff at 7:00 p.m. Pacific on Fox Sports 1, USC announced on Monday.
It will be the seventh evening kickoff for the Trojans in 2018 in nine games. And while weather hasn’t been much of a factor for any of USC’s late games thus far, a night time kick will likely mean chilly temperatures. The AccuWeather forecast for that Saturday features a low of 44 degrees with rain looming.
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The good news is Oregon State hasn’t presented much of a problem for opponents this year, home or away. The Beavers are 1-6 with their only win coming against FCS Southern Utah.
Offensively, first time Jonathan Smith has unlocked some potential in freshman running back Jermar Jefferson. He has already racked up 899 yards and 12 touchdowns already in Year 1. A quality running game has allowed Oregon State to average 28 points per game in 2018. By comparison, USC is averaging 26.
The picture on defense is less positive. The Beavers are conceding an average of 47.3 points per game, allowing 6.74 yards per rushing attempt and an opponent passer rating of 162.67. All three of those marks are in the bottom 10 nationally.
USC could use the match up against a defense more woeful than their offense. As mentioned, the Trojans are averaging under 30 points per game. If things stay that way, that average would be their lowest in over a decade.
Before they face off with Oregon State, the men of Troy will have to take on ASU at the Coliseum this Saturday.
The Sun Devils are 3-4 with losses in their last two contests against Colorado and Stanford. However, that’s not for lack of trying. ASU has lost four games by exactly seven points each.
A victory at USC would be their first away win of the season. For the Trojans, a win would extend Clay Helton’s home winning streak to 20 games.