I'm not as sold on USC's defense as a lot of my fellow 11Wers apparently are. Seeing a lot of predictions for us to score only in the mid 30s.
I expect USC to crowd the line of scrimmage - daring us to beat them with our intermediate-to-deep passing game. The same strategy some teams have used successfully against us in the recent past - going back to last season (most notably, Clemson). So, in my opinion a major key to this game will be whether our passing offense will be able to capitalize on such a risky strategy on the Trojans' part.
At the same time, I really like the idea of running power at a 4-2-5 defense - but mostly after we've forced them to back off a bit.
So with a good mix in our offensive game plan (and if we're hitting those open passing opportunities), I don't see why we wouldn't put a lot of points up on a rather suspect USC D.
OSU 48 - USC 24