The Trojan Game Plan & How Oregon Will Defeat USC (2)


What was the unique game plan that the Trojans ran against the Ducks last year, which contained us for three quarters?   What do we need to do to counter those strategies on Saturday?  You may have watched this video last summer, but I’m bringing this video up again so that we might know what to look for against the Trojans.  If you are new to the site, then this will be a wonderful introduction to the analysis videos that we carry on  To see more analysis videos, as well as my Fish Report analysis, go to the Directory tab.  There you will find a wealth of analysis information!

Look at the video and then you decide – will the Trojans employ a similar strategy this year? Will they try something else?   I am curious as to what many of you think the Trojans strategy will be this year…

FOR TROJAN FANS:    Some disclaimers before you begin hollering.

Please don’t comment if you are the classic USC Bandwagon fan.  You are easy to discern, as you can barely write two complete sentences.

This is not a balanced video; this is an OREGON fan site video.  I explain Oregon’s mistakes because they are so unusual, while USC mistakes have become the norm recently.

Don’t be indignant at my examples of your team’s bad behavior or cheap shots.  You just put the Arizona QB out with another example of what I illustrate.  Deal with it.


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Charles Fischer

Charles Fischer

Charles Fischer has been an intense fan of the Ducks for thirty years and has written reports on football boards for over a dozen years. Known as “FishDuck” on those boards, he is acknowledged for providing intense detail in his scrimmage reports and in his Xs and Os play analyses. He and his wife Lois, a daughter, Christine, and their dog (Abbie) reside in Eugene, Oregon, where he has been a financial advisor for 30 years serving clients in seven different states. He does not profess to be a coach or analyst, but simply a “hack” that enjoys sharing what he has learned and invites others to correct or add to this body of Oregon Football! See More...

  • Mo

    What is an “intense fan”? Isn’t a fan, short for fanatical. So, you are claiming you are not only fanatical, but an intense fanatical? Is that a double-negative or are you billing yourself more devoted than other Duck fans? Who is “acknowledged” for “intense detail”? I have seen people comment they enjoy the depth, but never the “intense detail”. In the “different” states you service, aren’t all states “different”?

    • JDWebfoot

      Mo, sounds like you need to go sleep it off. Nobody likes a drunk.

    • easy e

      intense and fanatical are both positives soooo two positives make a what?

  • Mo

    So, you take all that time in your bio to say what an amazing and better fan you are compared to everyone else and how much praise you receive — then at the end you throw in a humble ‘regular fan’ “hack” comment. Dude, you’re a headcase from sun up to sun down. I’ve been a Duck fan for 40 years. Big deal.

    • DuckDuck

      If you’ve been a Duck fan for 40 years, you sure don’t act at the maturity level of a 40 year old. Please move along

  • Thank you Charles, superb analysis, don’t listen to the entitled condom fans posts. Go Ducks, by at least 21!

  • Jim

    Hey, just wanted to compliment you on your analysis posts and videos. I’m a Beaver fan, and I don’t generally wish the Ducks success on game day. That said, your content is some of the best fan-generated stuff I’ve seen. It’s nice to see accessible, in-depth analysis. So much of what you see in national media glosses over the details that are key to success, in favor of the quick and dirty highlights. Keep up the good work…

    • fishduck

      Hello Jim,

      Thanks for your support and actually the Beaver offense and defense would be fun to do the same type of analysis of…but I don’t have the time. Of course my brother (who is an intense OSU fan) says that “since you’re sleeping at night…you have time to do one for Oregon State too!”

  • TrojanTeacher

    I’ve done this before, explain why we should have won a game, but the past is the past. The Trojans should be undefeated, if…… Good luck to both teams tomorrow, but hopefully my Trojans win out.

  • Rob

    Overall good coverage. A few notes. Firstly, USC’s ranking last year was a result of their body of work, including a win over a highly ranked Oregon team and a triple OT loss to Stanford. Coming into this year, USC retained their ranking based on the core players that they retained. To believe it was a result of the Oregon game is the height of solipsism. (No surprise there).

    That being said, USC was absolutely overrated this year. Sports media was hungry for an SEC vs. Someone narrative. I imagine Oregon would have had better luck had they shown an ability to compete with the SEC. Given the historic strength of USC’s program and the post-ban narrative, they were easy darlings for sports media. The result? A vastly inflated ranking. In reality, USC deserved to start the year in the lower end of the Top 10, probably somewhere between 7th and 9th.

    I find it cute that you acknowledge that your examples of USC cheap shots are so tenuous that you must insulate yourself from critique by establishing the infallibility of your assessment. The fact is, the example you gave (of which there are numerous, for the record) as well as the example of the hit on the Arizona QB involve aggressive, but clean play. In both scenarios, players make legitimate hits that become penalties by virtue of unfortunate timing. There are much clearer examples of late hits, or worse behavior (See Leonard Williams punching a Colorado player at the bottom of the pile).

    It’s a shame to see good coverage go to waste when juxtaposed with petty sniping at the education level of the USC faithful. I’m hardly a USC fan, nor did I attend USC. Last time I checked, however, USC was still held in higher academic regard than the University of Oregon. Bias may not be unattractive, but your insecurity certainly is.

    You almost did a great job with this coverage. With a little wisdom and a lot of maturity, you might be worth a second glance.


    • fishduck

      Ah yes…it is easy to snipe at me without knowing the background.

      USC fans are legendary around the conference for having a high percentage who are NOT alumni, but simply bandwagon fans as I explained. You also were not on the end of a couple of hundred nasty, insulting, and often vulgar shots from USC fans last summer as I was when this video was first released….hence my disclaimers.

      You’ll note that you are the only one to mention this, since so many of the other viewers DID see many of those posts on this site, USC sites and Oregon sites and YouTube. If you had been in my place, it is possible you would have rubbed some salt back with the disclaimers. After all,…it IS the internet and we can have some fun!

      Thanks for responding.

      • RealTalk

        From an educational standpoint, there’s no difference between not being a USC alum and being an Oregon alum.