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USC won't mind if Marcus Mariota wins Heisman and heads to NFL

USC won't mind if Marcus Mariota wins Heisman and heads to NFL
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota scrambles during the Ducks' Pac-12 championship game win over Arizona on Dec. 5. (Brian Bahr / Getty Images)

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday, will play in a College Football Playoff semifinal -- and possible final -- before he almost certainly makes himself available for the 2015 NFL draft.

USC won’t be sad to see him go.

The Trojans faced the fourth-year junior only once.

In 2012, Mariota completed 20 of 23 passes for 304 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 96 yards in Oregon's 62-51 victory over the Trojans at the Coliseum.

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In 2013 and 2014, because of the Pac-12 Conference schedule rotation, USC did not play Oregon or Washington.

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The Trojans are scheduled to play the Ducks next season on Nov. 21 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore.

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