Originally written on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 9/6/12
Sitting in a half empty Autzen Stadium Saturday night as the last minutes rolled off the clock, fans couldn’t help but look at this Oregon team and think of what could be. A freshman quarterback who showed poise well beyond his 19 years. A once-in-a-generation jitterbug in De’Anthony Thomas that very well could end up in New York come December, and a deep and talented defense that smothers opponents with unrelenting force. I, however, couldn’t help but think that this season, while promising, was leading to something bigger… 2013. While the season that is upon us promises to be exhilarating and full of wins, there’s a team down in Southern California that will be a giant obstacle between the Ducks and their ultimate goal of a National Championship. Next season, however, the only obstacle for Oregon will be, well, Oregon. USC will (finally) be sans Matt Barkley after he takes off to the NFL. The Trojans, for all their talent, will still be under scholarship restriction and must...
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