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For Matt Barkley, the time is now

Updated: October 26, 2010, 3:12 PM ET
By Bruce Feldman

I'm not traveling this week because I live in the Los Angeles area, and one of the marquee games of the weekend is here, with the Oregon Ducks coming to town to face the USC Trojans. But most of the major storylines of this weekend actually do involve travel (i.e., top teams having to prove something big on the road).

Can USC get up to speed?

For three weeks now, No. 1 has been dropped -- Alabama Crimson Tide, Ohio State Buckeyes and Oklahoma Sooners. All were the site of "College GameDay" on the weekend in question.

Oregon is No. 1 in the human polls this week, and is looking to go 8-0 for the first time since 1933. They're on the road. "College GameDay" will be there. Is this a sign of trouble?

Chip Kelly even called the Trojans the most talented team in the Pac-10.

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