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5 Reasons The Trojans Won't Defeat The Ducks

I wonder what #1 is?

Editor's Note:Check out USC writer Evan Budrovich's column on 5 Ways The Trojans Can Defeat The Ducks.

On Saturday, the Ducks travel to the LA Coliseum to take on the men of Troy in what was is a highly anticipated match up for PAC-12 supremacy.

Even though USC is currently a two-loss football team, the Trojans still have loads of talent, with playmakers like Matt Barkley and Marquise Lee. Unfortunately for the Trojans, they still don't have a chance; here are a few reasons why:

5. Kenjon Barner: Kenjon Barner has been a terror this year for opposing defenses. Currently he has 974 yards rushing with 14 touchdowns. He also has the ability to break the big play and averages just under 7 yards per carry. He also has five games with multiple touchdowns. Barner will pound away at that front seven of USC with the inside zone play.

4. Colt Lyerla: Out recently due to a leg injury, Colt Lyerla has been a force to be reckoned with. The 6-foot-5, 238-pound sophomore TE has been tough to take down this year. He is expected to make his return this week against USC. So far this year, he has 12 receptions for 189 yards and four touchdowns. Interestingly enough, Chip Kelly has been using him in the backfield as well. He has 13 carries for 77 yards and a touchdown.

3. Forcing Turnovers: Often forgotten about due to the high-powered offense, the Ducks defense has been very impressive so far. The unit has forced 23 turnovers, 14 of which have been interceptions - almost two picks a game. Matt Barkley, Marquise Lee, and the stable of running backs will have a much more difficult time than they have been recently. While USC's offense has been doing a fairly good job at protecting the ball, Arizona forced Barkley to turn the ball over twice last week.

2. Defensive Line: The D-line has simply shut down opponents this year. Teams are only averaging 137.88 yards per game rushing against the Ducks. Factor that in with USC only gaining 154.6 yards on the game, 75th in the country, and we can expect the Ducks to force Barkley to throw. In addition, Dion Jordan has five sacks on the year. The 6-foot-7 senior can not only get to the quarterback, but also close down throwing lanes due to his long, rangy body type. Matt Barkley is only 6-foot-2; he will have a tough time throwing anywhere near Dion Jordan.

1. De'Anthony Thomas: Did you not already know? The Black Mamba is set to have a great game this week. Not only is the sophomore returning home to play in his hometown of (Crenshaw) Los Angeles, but DAT is fresh. He has yet to touch the ball in the 4th quarter this year, as the Ducks have not needed to rely on his services late in games. USC will have no idea how to handle him, as it tries to cover the rest of Oregon's play-makers. In addition, DAT can make plays happen in the kicking game. Without a doubt, he is one of the most electrifying players in all of college football and will give Lane Kiffin headaches.