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Episode Info: USC coach Lane Kiffin wanted to build up Oregon on Sunday night. But before he did, Kiffin needed to refute quarterback Matt Barkley's opinion of the Ducks. "I think they were better when we played them in the past," Barkley said after the Trojans defeated Washington, 40-17. "I believe Matt made that assessment without watching any film," Kiffin said. "He'll watch film (today) and I believe he'll have a different assessment." Once Kiffin got that out of the way, he could make his own "assessment" of the Ducks and, not surprisingly, it was full of superlatives. "It's hard to argue they're not the hottest team in the country right now," Kiffin said. "Their defense is probably the best since we've been at USC." Kiffin added Oregon tailback LaMichael James was a "great, great player." "He's as good as they come," he said. Those words are not likely going to influence the Trojans. "We feel like we can play with anybody in the country," defensive end Devon Kennard said. Woods hindered Wide receiver Robert Woods caught only two passes for five yards against Washington and Kiffin said Woods is only 70 percent healthy because of ankle and shoulder injuries. "It's no secret Robert's not very healthy," Kiffin said. "All those (punt and kick) returns and catching 90 passes. That's a lot of hits." Kiffin said he would consider removing Woods from special teams. It is possible tailback/wide receiver George Farmer, who played on special teams against Washington but did not get to return the ball, could replace Woods. Woods' health was cited by Kiffin as a reason for Barkley's unimpressive performance against Washington. "(Barkley) missed a couple of early things," Kiffin said. McDonald hospitalized Kiffin said safety T.J. McDonald spent Saturday night in the hospital with migraine headaches and blurred vision. But Kiffin said McDonald would be OK for the Oregon game. In other injury news, defensive tackle Christian Tupou (knee) could be limited during the week. Linebacker Simione Vehikite (neck) is questionable. Setting the tone Offensive tackle Matt Kalil said he received a personal-foul penalty against Washington because he "wanted to set the tone for the game." Kiffin said he did not agree with Kalil's comment. "That's the first I've heard of it," Kiffin said. "It's something Matt's had an issue with in the past. We're not happy about it." Keep it simple Oregon's no-huddle offense requires the defense to play faster than it prefer

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