CJ Verdell

Early betting odds released for the Oregon Ducks 2020 football season

Early betting odds released for the Oregon Ducks 2020 football season

Coming off of a Pac-12 Championship, Rose Bowl Championship and fifth overall final ranking in the Associated Press poll, the Oregon Ducks program is on the rise again.

And it's never too early to look at next season.

If you believe the Ducks will continue their upward trend, as they've increased their win total each season since 2016, then the next stop is the College Football Playoff for Coach Mario Cristobal and company.

Do you think they can make it? Or even win it all? If you do, you can make some serious cash.

FanDuel has released betting odds for the upcoming 2020 college football season for who will win the national championship and the Heisman Trophy. 

They're offering the Oregon Ducks to win the national championship at +6000 or 60-1 odds, as of Tuesday afternoon. Earlier screenshots indicate it opened at 80-1. 

Clemson (+200), Ohio State (+400) and Alabama (+500) are the favorites in FanDuel to win the championship.

However, if you have faith in an Oregon player bringing home the second Heisman Trophy in program history after Mariota's win in 2014, you have two players to choose from: running back CJ Verdell is +6000 or 60-1 to win the award and quarterback Tyler Shough is +10000 or 100-1 to win. 

Verdell is coming off of back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons for the Ducks, finishing with 1,220 yards and eight touchdowns this past season. Meanwhile, Shough backed up Justin Herbert the past two seasons in Eugene and threw for 144 yards and three touchdowns in limited action as a redshirt freshman. His teammates have spoken highly of him, but he will enter a quarterback competition this upcoming training camp with redshirt freshman Cade Millen, and four-star recruits Jay Butterfield and Robby Ashford.

The odds on favorites to win the Heisman are Ohio State quarterback and reigning Heisman finalist Justin Fields (+175), Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (+450) and Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler (+1200).

Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow was +20000 or 200-1 to win the award before this past season. 

With a chip on his shoulder, CJ Verdell isn’t done yet

With a chip on his shoulder, CJ Verdell isn’t done yet

PASADENA, CALIF.- Oregon running back CJ Verdell plays football with one motto in mind, something his Dad told him when he was young: Be the hammer, not the nail.

Which would explain the edge the sophomore runs with that caused Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor, the nation’s top running back, to say that Verdell “runs like he’s angry.”

Mad or not, Verdell is not done. He’s made that much clear, by saying he is “definitely” returning for his redshirt-junior season. It never crossed Verdell’s mind to test the NFL waters because he feels he has a lot more to give to the Oregon football program. Now, he’s got a Rose Bowl date with No. 8 Wisconsin and their 8th ranked rushing defense.

[RELATED: Bonded as Oregon greats, LaMichael James says CJ Verdell's Pac-12 title performance tops his own]

When facing that nation’s No. 1 rushing defense in Utah, who allowed an average of 56 yards per game, Verdell rushed for 208 yards on 18 carries and three touchdowns to become the Pac-12 title MVP.

Junior wide receiver Johnny Johnson III smiled as he shared a story about his teammates relentlessness:

We leaned on him, we knew someone was going to have to make a big play. CJ Verdell came through. He’s never satisfied. Even after he makes a huge play, I’m coming up to him on the sideline, I’m talking to him about it and all he ever says is ‘I’m not done yet… We just started.’ -Johnny Johnson III

Verdell felt like he had something to prove against Utah and he feels the same underdog mentality heading into the “Granddaddy of them all”.

Let the other guys get all the attention. That way when we do make noise, it'll be a big surprise to everybody… I’d gladly take that title of underdog.- CJ Verdell

This season, Verdell became the fifth running back in Oregon history to rush for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons. His impact on the offense isn't overlooked by quarterback Justin Herbert, who singled him out when asked about how the Duck offense finds success:

That guy sitting right there (points at Verdell) is special, and I know any time we hand him the ball, throw him the ball, he's going to do something really special about it. Especially having an offensive line like we have blocking for him and leading the way for him, it's been a lot of fun, and it's been an honor to play next to him. –Justin Herbert

Herbert, Verdell and the entire Duck football team spent a day at Disneyland as part of their pre-Rose Bowl tour of Southern California. Verdell, the Mater Dei High School graduate, hadn’t been back since his grad night, but identified his favorite ride immediately: The Guardians of the Galaxy (formerly the Tower of Terror). It’s a high-speed elevator attraction with g-forces that will make your voice hoarse the next day. Verdell said “you can’t beat” that butterfly feeling in your stomach.

The combination of the chip on Verdell’s shoulder and his love for adrenaline serve him well on the football field. The downhill runner excels at making defenders miss with great change of direction and can be patient in the hole.

Verdell can do it all, which is what the Ducks are counting on come January 1, in the 106th Rose Bowl.

Bonded as Oregon greats, LaMichael James says CJ Verdell's Pac-12 title performance tops his own

Bonded as Oregon greats, LaMichael James says CJ Verdell's Pac-12 title performance tops his own

Two 200-yard rushing performances. Two Pac-12 Championship victories. Two Pac-12 Championship MVPs. Two different Ducks in seperate eras, bonded as greats. 

On December 2, 2011, Oregon running back great LaMichael James and the Ducks beat UCLA to win the inaugural Pac-12 Championship game, a game that was played in Autzen Stadium.

James won the Pac-12 Championship Game MVP while rushing for 220 yards on 25 carries and three touchdowns. It was the junior’s fourth game of the season with 200 or more yards on the ground.

Remarkable, right?

James still holds the record for most yards in the Pac-12 title game, with CJ Verdell’s clutch 208-yard performance (that earned the 2019 Pac-12 crown and ended Utah’s College Football Playoff dreams) ranking second most.  

Yet, James says Verdell’s three-touchdown feat outdoes his own.

To be honest, CJ’s performance against Utah tops mine… Utah’s defense is remarkable and always has been. This year, they at the top of conference and he went out there and hung 200 on them. –LaMichael James

Against the nation’s No. 1 rushing defense, Verdell made history. The Utes entered the game allowing an average of 56.3 yards per game, with only one team to rush for over 100 yards. Verdell doubled that amount alone with 208 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown, which was the longest run in Pac-12 title game history.

The offensive line opened up some nice holes and the receivers blocked extremely well but CJ ran hard and aggressive. He really wore that defense down, you could tell later in the game. I love the toughness he runs with. He’s a no-nonsense type of running back. He isn’t wasting anytime time hitting the hole. I love it. –LaMichael James

James and Verdell have a lot in common. The two have never met in person, just the occasional message about James’ tasty Killer Burgers over social media. However, they are linked in Oregon football record books.

Verdell also earned the Most Valuable Player trophy for his performance, which was second most all-time rushing in the Pac-12 championship game behind James in 2011. The clutch performance sent Verdell over the edge to surpass 1,000 rushing yards for the second-consecutive season, becoming the fifth Oregon running back to rush for 1,000 yards in back-to-back years and the third to do it as a freshman and sophomore (joining James and Royce Freeman).

What’s it like for Verdell to join that elite company?

It's great, man. LaMichael James, he was a legend here in Oregon. To be with the likes of him, it's just a blessing. –CJ Verdell

Comparisons have been made between Verdell and James, who both stand at 5-foot-9. It's ironic, considering Verdell models his game after James. What does Verdell try to emulate about James?

How fearless he was when he ran the ball. I try to keep the mentality that even though we are kind of smaller backs, we can still run hard. –CJ Verdell

James knew Verdell, a four-star prospect out of Mater Dei High School in Chula Vista, Calif., was going to be a weapon for Oregon when he watched his high school highlights. After reaching 1,000 yards rushing for the second straight season, Verdell has literally steamrolled over James’ expectations.

Individual success can only carry you so far, but I don’t think Oregon’s record would be like this without him. –LaMichael James

Now, the No. 6 Oregon Ducks face their biggest challenge yet of the season: No. 8 Wisconsin in the 106th Rose Bowl. It’s the biggest game of Verdell’s Duck career and the largest opportunity to etch his impact deeper into Oregon football history.

It won’t be Verdell’s last game. The running back intends to return for his redshirt-junior season, which gives the Ducks the leading returning rusher in the Pac-12 and among the leaders in the country. It also provides a major weapon for the 2020 Oregon team to build their ground and pound offense around.

In his 2019 season finale, Verdell faces the No. 8 run defense and No. 10 scoring defense in the Badgers. It’ll be a test but Verdell and Oregon aren’t afraid of lining up against physically imposing teams. Hearing that Utah was the most physical team in the Pac-12, leading up to the championship game, gave Verdell “a chip on his shoulder”.

Eight years ago it was James who ran with a chip on his shoulder. On January 2, 2012, James rushed for 159 yards on 25 carries with one touchdown to help Oregon beat Wisconsin 45–38 in the Rose Bowl. While Verdell may be emulating James on January 2, 2020, James will be cheering for Verdell. James says he will “make it happen” for the two to meet. If it were up to James, maybe even as the assistant running backs coach.

Talk about a legendary situation!

CJ Verdell makes Pac-12 Championship history and smells like roses

CJ Verdell makes Pac-12 Championship history and smells like roses

Oregon running back CJ Verdell sprinted across the field at rainy Levi’s Stadium leaving a sprinkle of brown mud flipping from his white Nike cleats.

After barreling into the end zone for three scores in Oregon’s upset victory over No. 5 Utah, Verdell was dashing to the stage, where his teammates awaited, dancing with confetti, alongside the Duck mascot and second year head coach Mario Cristobal.

The sophomore grabbed a ‘Pac-12 Champions’ adorned hat and t-shirt before presented with the Most Valuable Player trophy.

The Ducks won their first Pac-12 Championship since 2014, earning the conference’s automatic berth to the Rose Bowl, by beating Utah 37-15. They snapped Utah’s eight-game winning streak and ended the Utes’ College Football Playoff dream.

Quite frankly, I think maybe these guys all week long got a little bit tired of hearing we weren't the more physical team. It gives you a little bit of an edge. --Cristobal 

Against the nation’s No. 1 rushing defense, Verdell made history. The Utes entered the game allowing an average of 56.3 yards per game, with only one team to rush for over 100 yards. Verdell doubled that amount, alone, with 208 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown that was the longest run in Pac-12 title game history.

How did Verdell feel about being in Utah’s shadow, leading up to the game?

Definitely put a little chip on our shoulders. We try not to focus on the outside noise too much. Hearing they're the most physical team in the Pac-12 made us want to come out here and work even more harder. --Verdell

The clutch performance sent Verdell over the edge to surpass 1,000 rushing yards for the second-consecutive season, becoming the fifth Oregon running back to rush for 1,000 yards in back-to-back years and the third to do it as a freshman and sophomore.

Verdell gave all credit to his offensive line.

I couldn't have done anything on that field without the O-line, They made the holes, paved the way for me to give the big runs. I got to give it all up to them. --Verdell

In Oregon’s most complete game of the season, the Ducks won the battle in the trenches, the defense held Utah scoreless in the first half and quarterback Justin Herbert showed off his mobility. Afterwards, Verdell and the Ducks celebrated in the locker room smelling of mud, sweat and a slight hint of roses.

10 numbers to know: Ducks vs. Beavers in meaningful civil war

10 numbers to know: Ducks vs. Beavers in meaningful civil war

Saturday’s Civil War rivalry game is what college football is all about. Oregon (9-2, 7-1 Pac-12) and Oregon State (5-6, 4-4) occupy the top two spots in the Pac-12 North Division. The Ducks look to finish conference play unbeaten at Autzen Stadium for the eighth time since it opened in 1967.  

Here are 10 numbers to know if you want to be the fan dropping knowledge on your friends at the tailgate.

A DUCK WIN WOULD...

Give Oregon its first 10-win season since 2014, making Mario Cristobal the fourth head coach in program history to win 10 games in a season.

A BEAVER WIN WOULD...

Be their sixth victory, making Oregon State eligible for its first bowl appearance since the 2013 season. Also, it’d guarantee a winning conference record for the first time since going 6-3 in 2012.

BETTING LINE

Oregon opened as 20.5-point favorites over Oregon State. The total over/under is set at 66 points.

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

In six home games (6-0) this season, Oregon has outscored its opponents 245-60, including 127-21 in the second half.

CRUNCH TIME

At home, Oregon’s defense has allowed two touchdowns in 38 second half drives, while coming away with six interceptions in the final 30 minutes.

HISTORY

Saturday is the 123rd meeting between the two programs. Oregon has won 10 of the last 11 meetings, including five-straight in Autzen Stadium against Oregon State. 2007 was the last time OSU won in Eugene. Over the last 11 games, Oregon is averaging 47.2 points with a scoring margin of +20.7 (519-291).

SMITH’S SUCCESSES

As an Oregon State player, OSU coach Jonathan Smith was 2-2 against Oregon. In the Beavers’ victory in 1998, Smith passed for 303 yards, which at the time was the most ever by an OSU quarterback vs. the Ducks. Smith and the Beavers won again in 2000 in Corvallis.

VERDELL ETCHING HIS NAME IN UO HISTORY

Sophomore running back CJ Verdell needs 87 yards rushing to becomes the fifth Duck with back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons (Maurice Morris, Onterrio Smith, LaMichael James, Royce Freeman). With 87 yards rushing, Verdell will join Freeman and James as only Oregon running back to rush for 1,000 yards as both a freshman and sophomore.

A SHOW ON THE ROAD

The Beavers are 3-1 on the road in Pac-12 play this season.

SENIOR DAY

26 Oregon seniors will play their last games in Autzen Stadium on Saturday in Oregon’s final conference game, including quarterback Justin Herbert, linebacker Troy Dye, linebacker La’Mar Winston Jr., OL Shane Lemieux, OL Jake Hanson, OL Calvin Throckmorton, OL Dallas Warmack, WR Juwan Johnson, TE Ryan Bay, DT Drayton Carlberg, linebacker Bryson Young and punter Blake Maimone.

“You only have a certain amount of snaps in your career…” said Cristobal. “With every snap that you play you show in the way that you play that this thing means more to you than it does the people you are playing against. And that’s the way this senior class is defined… I’m super proud of them. More than anything, I’m just really focused on them having the best performance they can on Saturday.”

Positive Oregon football injury updates ahead of Civil War

Positive Oregon football injury updates ahead of Civil War

Oregon severely missed a few injured Ducks in their upset loss to Arizona State but head coach Mario Cristobal provided good news out of Eugene on Monday morning.

UO starting center Jake Hanson and slot receiver Jaylon Redd are expected to play in Oregon’s rivalry game vs. Oregon State this Saturday at 1 p.m. in Autzen Stadium. 

"We feel Jaylon Redd is healing up really well and feel he’s probably going to play," Cristobal said Monday. "We feel the same about Jake Hanson."

Redd, who has 42 catches for 392 yards and seven touchdowns this season, was in uniform at Arizona State on the Ducks sideline with his helmet in his hand, but did not see any action on the field. 

After the loss, Coach Cristobal said Redd didn't play because of an injury sustained late in the game last Saturday vs. Arizona. According to Cristobal, Redd tried to practice last week in a full capacity, but “couldn’t get it going.”

Hanson, who has made 47 starts over the past four seasons, did not see the field in the second half against ASU. Calvin Throckmorton moved to center from right tackle and Brady Aiello slid into the right tackle position.

Coach Cristobal indicated that Hanson “got injured,” but was unclear as to nature and severity of it.

What about CJ Verdell?

Oregon starting running back and leading rusher CJ Verdell did not finish Saturday's game with an injury of his own. Cristobal indicated Verdell left the game in the fourth quarter due to a “stinger,” but expects him to be fine to play against Oregon State. Against the Sun Devils, Verdell finished with 18 carries for 99 yards.

Despite only finishing three of the Oregon’s eight Pac-12 games, Verdell is nearing a 1,000 rushing yard season. The sophomore is currently fifth in the Pac-12 in rushing this season with 913 yards.

The Ducks (9-2, 7-1 Pac-12) and Beavers (5-6, 4-4) are meeting for the 123rd time on Saturday. An Oregon win would secure the 11th 10-win season in program history.

The magic number for Oregon vs. Arizona

The magic number for Oregon vs. Arizona

Oregon (8-1, 6-0 Pac-12) is on track to the Pac-12 Conference Title game and in the running as a College Football Playoff contender. The Ducks have three conference games left and Arizona (4-5, 2-4 Pac-12) is the next opponent they must beat. The Ducks are coming off a bye with a lot on line… Here are 10 numbers you need to know about the 7:30 p.m. kickoff in Autzen Stadium.

CROWN ON THE LINE

A Duck win against the Wildcats in the Pac-12-After-Dark game would clinch the North Division title and a spot in the Pac-12 championship. It would be Oregon’s third Pac-12 North crown.

AMONG THE NATION’S ELITE

Oregon is one of five FBS teams (Baylor, Clemson, Minnesota, Ohio State) off to a 6-0 start in conference play. 

BETTING LINE

Oregon opened as 26.5 point favorites over Arizona, which marks the Ducks’ sixth straight home game as a double-digit favorite.

BALL HAWKS

Oregon leads the nation with 17 interceptions, which is the program's most through nine games since 1988. The Ducks' 11.78 points off turnovers per game ranks second in the country and is a major contributing factor in the Ducks’ eight-game winning streak. Jevon Holland and Verone McKinley III each have four picks, leading the team. Eleven different Ducks have recorded an interception.

DON’T MESS WITH HOLLAND

Holland, a sophomore, leads active Pac-12 players in career interceptions with nine. The Jim Thorpe semifinalist is tied for the most career interceptions among sophomores in the nation.

UPSET HISTORY

Arizona has beaten Oregon each of the past three matchups where the Wildcats enter unranked and the Ducks enter ranked. The Wildcats topped No. 19 Oregon, 44-15 last year that featured Arizona running back J.J. Taylor rushing for 212 yards and two scores.

THE MAGIC NUMBER, 40

In the last 12 games between Oregon and Arizona, the Ducks are 7-0 when scoring more than 40 points per game and 0-5 when scoring less than 40.

GOOD INJURY UPDATE

Oregon’s top two running backs, backs CJ Verdell (groin) and Cyrus Habibi-Likio (quad) are expected to play against Arizona. Starting right guard Dallas Warmack (hip flexor) is also good to go.

DON’T UNDERESTIMATE TAYLOR

Arizona’s rushing attack ranks second in the Pac-12, led by JJ Taylor who is ninth in the Pac-12 in rushing with 566 yards. The Wildcats’ total offense (495.8 yards per game) ranks 12th in the country and second in the conference.

EXPLOSION PLAY ALERT

Arizona has had five plays go for 70 or more yards this season. Across the country, only Oklahoma State, Alabama, Colorado State and UCF have more.

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Why Oregon football will beat USC: Three keys to victory

Why Oregon football will beat USC: Three keys to victory

No. 7 Oregon is the only remaining team in the North Division without a loss and looking to stay on the path to the Pac-12 Championship game. The Ducks (7-1, 5-0 Pac-12) are looking for their seventh-straight victory to improve to 6-0 in Pac-12 play for the first time since 2012. USC (5-3, 4-1) is tied for first with Utah in the Pac-12 South division.

Numbers to know: Under head coach Mario Cristobal, Oregon is 9-0 when it rushes for 200 yards in a game.

Fun fact: USC has four players from Oregon on its roster, compared to the 48 Californians on Oregon’s roster.

[READ: Juwan Johnson has a sour taste for USC]

Betting line: Oregon is a road favorite. The Ducks opened as 4.5-point favorites against the Trojans. The over/under is 62.5 total points.

Three keys to an Oregon win

In a game that I’m expecting to be tight, there are three things the Ducks must do be victorious in Los Angeles.

1. Win turnover battle

The Ducks lead the nation in interceptions and lead the conference in turnover margin. UO’s secondary has eight interceptions in the last three games but also got burned by WSU and UW. The Ducks defensive backs need to return to dominance against probably the best receiving corps (including Michael Pittman Jr., Mycah Pittman’s older brother) in the conference.

If Oregon can continue to play mistake free (they have zero giveaways in five of their last six games) the Ducks have a huge upper hand. Quarterback Justin Herbert has just one interception over his last 360 pass attempts in Pac- 12 road games with 24 touchdowns over that span.

2. Run, Verdell (or whoever has the hot hand), Run!

Oregon’s rushing attack has been explosive as of late, thanks to impressive performances from sophomores CJ Verdell and Cyrus Habibi-Likio. Verdell leads the Pac-12 in rushing (753) following his 257-yard performance last week against Washington State. His 313 all-purpose yards against the Cougars are the most by an FBS player this season.

USC is giving up close to 200 rushing yards per game. The Trojans ninth ranked rushing defense in the conference provides an opportunity for Oregon’s running backs to control the game.

3. Pressure Kedon Slovis

Despite injuries at the quarterback position, the Trojans own the 20th ranked passing offense in the country, second in the Pac-12.  Since missing the Washington game, quarterback Kedon Slovis has been very accurate, with a 68 percent passing completion rate, eight touchdowns and a pick in his last three games, coming off of a 406 yards and four-touchdown performance vs. Colorado.

Oregon’s defense had its fair share of struggles against Washington State. The Ducks struggled getting pressure on quarterback Anthony Gordon, had no answer to his quick passes and committed uncharacteristic, unsportsmanlike penalties.

Basically, that can’t happen for Oregon to be victorious.

How and where to watch

Time: Saturday, November 2 at 5 p.m. (PT)

Where: LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

TV: FOX

Radio: Portland on 1080 "The Fan", Eugene on KUGN-AM 590

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10 numbers to know: Oregon Ducks vs. USC Trojans

10 numbers to know: Oregon Ducks vs. USC Trojans

Oregon takes a seven-game win streak to USC for a 5 p.m. Saturday showdown at LA Memorial Coliseum.

The crucial matchup is the first meeting between Oregon and USC since 2016. The No. 7 Ducks (7-1, 5-0 Pac-12) look to stay atop the Pac-12 North Division. A win for the Trojans (5-3, 4-1 Pac-12) would keep them on the path to the Pac-12 Championship game and eligible for a bowl game, after not qualifying last season.

Here are 10 stats and numbers you need to know about perhaps the hardest game remaining on Oregon's regular-season schedule.

THE MAGIC NUMBER

Under head coach Mario Cristobal, Oregon is 9-0 when it rushes for 200 yards in a game.

[Positive Oregon injury updates: The Dye Brothers vs. USC]

VERDELL JOINS THE GREATS

CJ Verdell set the Autzen Stadium rushing record on Saturday against WSU. Also, his 257-yard rushing performance is the most since Kenjon Barner’s 321 yards at USC in 2012, the first and only Duck to rush for over 300 yards.

OH, BROTHER

The Pittman and Winston brothers will each be on opposite sidelines. USC wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. and Oregon wide receiver Mycah Pittman are brothers, as are USC outside linebacker Eli'jah Winston and Oregon outside linebacker La'Mar Winston Jr.

COMING HOME?

USC has four players from Oregon on its roster (S Talanoa Hufanga, DL Brandon Pili, DL Marlon Tuipulotu and OLB Eli'jah Winston). Compared to the 48 Californians on Oregon’s roster.

A WIN WOULD…

Give Oregon its first 6-0 start to Pac-12 play since 2012 and make them the first Pac-12 team to accomplish the feat since Washington in 2016.

IS THAT GOOD?

Oregon has outscored its opponents 267-91, including 142-34 in the second half, during its seven-game win streak.

INSANE RATIO

Quarterback Justin Herbert has just one interception over his last 360 pass attempts in Pac- 12 road games with 24 touchdowns over that span.

RUNNING BERSERK

CJ Verdell leads the Pac-12 in rushing (753) following his 257-yard performance last week against Washington State. His 313 all-purpose yards against the Cougars are the most by an FBS player this season.

BALL HAWKS

Oregon leads the nation with 14 interceptions and is one of five FBS teams with two players (Jevon Holland has four, Verone McKinley III has three) with three or more picks.

HOME SWEET, COLISEUM

USC is 4-0 at home in 2019, beating: Fresno State, Stanford, Utah and Arizona.

[RELATED: Oregon Ducks' mindset inspired by Tiger Woods]

Positive Oregon injury updates: The Dye Brothers vs. USC

Positive Oregon injury updates: The Dye Brothers vs. USC

The No. 7 Oregon Ducks are high after their gutsy last minute triumph over Washington State at home. However, the injury bug did strike on Saturday. Oregon football Coach Mario Cristobal provided injury updates on the Dye brothers.

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Troy Dye is listed at starting inside linebacker this week after breaking his thumb against Washington and not playing against Washington State. Dru Mathis started in his place. Against USC, Troy Dye is good to go, he will practice beginning on Tuesday. 

Travis Dye is listed on the depth chart as co-starter at running back alongside CJ Verdell, Cyrus Habibi-Likio and Darrian Felix. According to Cristobal, he is healthy, ready to practice on Tuesday and will play vs. USC

Travis Dye suffered a helmet-to-helmet collision against Washington State and immediately went to the locker room. He did not return.

Off to its first 5-0 start in Pac-12 play since 2013, Oregon takes a seven-game win streak to USC for a Saturday showdown at LA Coliseum.