The question has been bantered around for two weeks now.
Will Oregon, ranked #4 in the latest BCS poll, have the momentum to pass both Notre Dame and Kansas State to make the National Championship game in Miami?
Depending who you talk to, the answers vary.
Back at the start of the season, Oregon’s game at USC was circled on most everyones calendars.
It appeared at the time to be the marquee matchup of the Pac-12 season, as well as a possible preview of the conference championship game, with the Trojans entering the season ranked No. 1 in the preseason poll and Oregon ranked fifth.
When the No. 2 Oregon Ducks travel to Los Angeles on Saturday to take on the No. 18 USC Trojans, much of the attention from the Duck defense will be focused on quarterback Matt Barkley and wide receivers Marquis Lee and Robert Woods.
Oregon safeties Avery Patterson and Brian Jackson have the difficult challenge of trying to contain this talented trio.
Junior free safety Avery Patterson has certainly been one of the more surprising defensive players on this years Oregon squad especially with the early season loss of senior John Boyett.
After Boyett’s season ending knee surgery, Patterson stepped in at the free safety position and made an immediate impact leading the Ducks in interceptions with three.