One of the big games that might go unnoticed on the Week 4 college football schedule will be Oregon State’s No. 7 USC matchup in Saturday’s Pac-12 conference game in Corvallis, Oregon. Both teams are unbeatable and each team will try to make a name for themselves for different reasons.
In the first year of the Trojans, led by Lincoln Riley, the crime looks as advertised. USC is averaging 50.7 points per game, seventh in the nation, and quarterback Caleb Williams looks like a real contender for the Heisman Trophy. However, the defense looks vulnerable, and the state of Oregon will give the Trojans their toughest test yet. After this game, we will learn much more about this USC team.
Unlike Riley’s quick recovery in Los Angeles, Jonathan Smith has been slowly building this Oregon program since he took over in 2018. Now it looks like Smith’s hard work has paid off and the Beavers can fight in Pac -12 North. Oregon State started the season with quality wins over Boise and Fresno States before beating Montana State. The only question is whether the Beavers have the talent to run four blocks with the Trojans.
Fans looking to tune in to this critical Pac-12 matchup can continue reading below for more information.
How to watch USC v. Oregon live
Date: Saturday 24 September | Time: 9:30 pm ET
Location: Reser Stadium – Corvallis, Oregon
TELEVISION: Pac-12 network | Live Stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
Three players to watch
Caleb Williams, USC quarterback: Williams hasn’t missed a shot since following Riley from Oklahoma to USC. In his first three games for the Trojans, Williams has been on offense with impressive accuracy. He completed 74.4% of his throws for 874 yards, eight touchdowns and zero interceptions on a 73-yard run and two points. Williams seemed like the real deal at first, but Oregon will be his biggest problem until the Trojans visit Utah on October 15th.
Shane Lee, USC LB: After being transferred from Alabama, Lee instantly became the leader of this USC defense. The Trojans’ defense ran into some trouble during the first three weeks, but last weekend they held Fresno State to 17 points. So far, Lee has stood out with 3.0 tackles for a loss, a sack and an interception. Lee and the rest of the Trojans’ defensemen will have to stop an Oregon State offense that has averaged 34.5 points per game in two games against FBS opponents.
Chance Nolan, Oregon State, QB: Nolan has become a solid starting quarterback for the Beavers, and it looks like he’s taken a step forward this season. Nolan is averaging just under 250 passing yards per game with seven touchdowns and two interceptions in the first three games of the year. If the State of Oregon is going to upset USC at Corvallis, Nolan will have to play some games, especially given the explosive nature of the Trojan attack.
USC v. Oregon Forecast
It’s an exciting battle between a USC team trying to make it to the college football playoffs and an Oregon State team trying to prove they’re among the best in the conference. No one has yet been able to slow down these Trojans, but the Beavers should give them more trouble than the likes of Rice, Stanford, and Fresno State. USC wins the shootout and remains undefeated, but Oregon State sees it through in Corvallis. Prediction: Oregon +6.5
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