USC (2-0) at Oregon State (1-2), 9 p.m. Thursday (ESPN)
Line: USC by 25.
Series Record: USC leads 58-9-4.
Last Meeting: 2007, USC 24-3.
What's at Stake
The Trojans want to avoid trouble at Reser Stadium, where they've lost two of the last three games including a 33-31 Oregon State upset in 2006 that ended a 38-game regular season winning streak.
Key Matchup
USC's strong defense - the Trojans lead the nation in scoring defense, allowing 5 points per game - against Oregon State's developing offense, including freshman Jacquizz Rodgers, a diminutive and wily running back who Trojans coach Pete Carroll said is dangerous because ``he hides behind the line of scrimmage and comes popping out at you.''
Players to watch
USC: QB Mark Sanchez, who has thrown seven touchdowns in two games and has been the conference player of the week after both his outings.
Oregon State: QB Lyle Moevao, who is passing for 293.7 yards a game. Given that USC cornerback Shareece Wright is out with a hairline vertebra fracture, Moevao could take advantage.
Figures
Oregon State has defeated a top-ranked team just once, back in 1967 when the team nicknamed the Giant Killers upset the O.J. Simpson-led Trojans 3-0 in Corvallis. ... USC tailback Joe McKnight rushed 105 yards in the 35-3 victory over Ohio State despite a mysterious migraine, which could have been made worse by lights. ... It is ESPN's first broadcast of a football game from Corvallis.
Advertisement

NCAAF Headlines

NCAAF Top Stories

Thumbnail 2018 National Championship Odds Despite losing to Clemson on Monday night, Alabama has opened as the favorites to win the 2018 College Football National Championship.
Thumbnail Title Game Spread Holding Steady After some initial movement, tonight’s college football playoff national championship point spread is holding steady hours before kickoff.
Thumbnail Clemson vs. Alabama Prediction Will Alabama cover tonight against Clemson in the College Football Playoff National Championship or will the Tigers pull off the upset?
Thumbnail Watson/Hurts Championship Props Which impact player will step up tonight in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game? Here’s some notable player prop odds for Clemson and...
Thumbnail CFB Championship Injury Report Will No. 1 Alabamaand No. 2 Clemsoncome into tonight’s College Football Playoff National Championshiphealthy? Here is the latest on the injury report.

NCAAF Team Pages