USC left each of its last two trips to Oregon State with comfortable victories, but its history in the Willamette Valley is littered with haunting road losses that still linger more than a decade later.
Losing trips to Oregon State doomed potential title runs in 2006 and 2008. The Beavers created four turnovers to upend the third-ranked Trojans in 2006. Two years later, USC was ranked No. 1 when Oregon State’s Jacquizz Rodgers overpowered its defense, dealing the Trojans their only loss of 2008. Their next defeat at Oregon State, in 2010, would mark the low point in that season too.
Since 2000, USC is a mere 3-4 in Corvallis.
This will probably be its last chance to even the score. With USC off to the Big Ten in 2024, preserving the Trojans’ legacy in Corvallis isn’t likely to be high on the priority list for scheduling.
Yet the respect for Corvallis runs deep among college football bettors. As of Thursday, three times more money had been bet on Oregon State as 6½-point underdogs than any other college football spread this week, according to Caesars Sportsbook.