Big week for Oregon athletics
Oregon has two No. 2-ranked teams — football and volleyball — and both squads face big tests this weekend.
The No. 2 Oregon football team is on the road this week, traveling to Los Angeles for the Ducks' biggest game of the season — so far — against the No. 18 USC Trojans.
The long-awaited matchup between Oregon (8-0, 5-0 in Pac-12 play) and USC (6-2, 4-2) gives the Ducks a chance to avenge last year's loss to USC and to continue their march toward a possible bid in the national title game.
KICKOFF: 4 p.m. Saturday at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
WEATHER: Clear, around 70 at kickoff.
- National television: Fox with Gus Johnson (play-by-play), Charles Davis (analyst) and Julie Alexandria (reporter).
- National radio: ESPN with Bill Rosinski (play-by-play), David Norrie (analyst) and Joe Schad (reporter).
- Local radio: Oregon IMG with Jerry Allen (play-by-play) and Mike Jorgensen (analyst).
- Satellite radio: Sirius 128, XM 85.
QUICK HITS: USC leads the all-time series, 38-18-2, but the Ducks are have won eight of the past 14 matchups and three of the past five since Chip Kelly joined the UO coaching staff in 2007. The Trojans have dominated at home, going 23-7-1 at the Colisuem vs. Oregon. Oregon beat USC 53-32 in its last game at the Coliseum in 2010, marking the most points the Ducks have scored against the Trojans.
Oregon has won 12 straight road games (13 if the win over WSU in Seattle this year is counted), the longest streak in the country. Oregon has won 11 straight games, second nationally to Alabama's 12-game winning streak. The Ducks have scored at least 30 points in 21 straight games, the longest such streak in the country. They've also scored at least 42 points in 11 straight games (including nine of 49 points or more), the longest streak in the nation.
IN OTHER SPORTS ACTION:
Oregon's No. 2-ranked volleyball team (20-1, 11-1 in Pac-12 play) hosts the Bay Area schools this weekend at Matthew Knight Arena.
First up is unranked California (13-9, 3-7) in a match that starts at 6 p.m. Friday. It's a Spike for the Cure Match, and fans who wear pink can get $3 general admission tickets.
The showdown with No. 1 Stanford (20-2, 12-0) starts at 1 p.m. Sunday. After the game, youth are invited to a free post clinic with UO players.
When the teams met last month in the Bay Area, Oregon tied its school-record 14-match win streak with a 3-1 win over Cal, then lost 3-2 to then-No. 4 Stanford.
Both games should be available regionally on the Pac-12 Network.
Meanwhile, the soccer Civil War takes place at 4 p.m. Friday, with Oregon State visiting Oregon for a game at Papé Field.
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