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Third time in two years Lane Kiffin battles #1 ranked team

Twice last season as the head coach at Tennessee, Lane Kiffin led his team against the #1 ranked team in the country. Tennessee lost at Florida (23-13) and at Alabama (12-10). 

On Saturday night, Kiffin will get his third chance against the nation’s #1 ranked team. ESPN’s College GameDay will be set up in Los Angeles as the Trojans host the Oregon Ducks.

Asked about how much pressure is on the Ducks, Kiffin didn’t miss a chance to send another message to recruits. 

Kiffin said, “It reminds me what a phenomenal run was done here before, 34 straight wins. Now being on the other side of it, last year playing the number one team twice, and now playing the number one team, you feel how focused your players come to work because they have a chance to play the number one team. It’s why it’s so hard to stay up there. It’s why what was done here before is so phenomenal. Look, three weeks in a row the number 1 team has lost. It’s very hard because you get everyone’s best shot and everyone is focused.”

The biggest challenge for USC is consistent tackling, especially in the secondary. For the first time in a while, USC had full tackling periods in practice, both last Thursday and yesterday.

"If we could tackle at all in the secondary, we're 7-0 right now," said Kiffin. 

What about the Ducks' fast tempo offense? Kiffin said, "Everyone is a middle linebacker this week because everyone has to see it because it happens so fast." 

Kick-off is set for 8 pm EST on ABC.