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USC football vs. Oregon State 2022: Three things to watch for

USC coach Lincoln Riley speaks with quarterback Caleb Williams prior to a September 17 win over Fresno State.

USC coach Lincoln Riley speaks with quarterback Caleb Williams prior to a September 17 win over Fresno State.

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USC left each of its last two trips to Oregon State with comfortable victories, but its Willamette Valley history is littered with haunting road losses that linger more than a decade later.

The loss of trips to Oregon State doomed potential title runs in 2006 and 2008. The Beavers racked up four turnovers in 2006 to turn the third-placed Trojans on their head. Two years later, USC was ranked No. 1 when Oregon State’s Jacquizz Rodgers overpowered his defense, leaving the Trojans their only loss of 2008. Their next loss at Oregon State in 2010 also marked their low point that season.

As of 2000, USC is only 3-4 at Corvallis.

This will likely be the last chance to even the score. With USC heading to the Big Ten in 2024, preserving the legacy of the Trojans in Corvallis likely won’t be high on the planning priority list.

But respect for Corvallis runs deep among college football bettors. Three times more money was wagered on Oregon State as a 6½-point underdog through Thursday than any other college football spread that week, according to Caesars Sportsbook.

https://www.latimes.com/sports/usc/story/2022-09-23/usc-oregon-state-college-football-three-things-preview USC football vs. Oregon State 2022: Three things to watch for

Emma Bowman

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