USC-Stanford is one of the biggest games in the nation on Saturday but what exactly are the stakes?
USC beat Stanford last year and the Cardinal still won the Pac-12 North. The Trojans could lose tomorrow and easily win a Pac-12 South that already looks weak after one week: See Arizona and UCLA.
So whatever happens, it’s not really going to earth shattering.
- Tomorrow’s game at Stanford Stadium will return USC coach Clay Helton to the scene of one his most controversial decisons: Remember whenHelton punted on fourth down at the Stanford 44-yard line with USC trailing by 17 and nine minutes left?
Of course, he also decided to start Max Browne at quarterback for that game, the worst decision of his career. Sam Darnold started the following week against Utah.
- USC has three offensive line starters with nagging injuries: center Toa Lobendahn (pectoral strain), right tackle Chuma Edoga (hip) and left tackle Austin Jackson (knee tendinitis). All three should be able to play against Stanford. Edoga has had the hip issue for awhile but seemed to always battle nagging injuries last season too.
- Where would USC be without Mater Dei players? JT Daniels, Amon-Ra St. Brown and Chase McGrath were probably the top three players against UNLV.
- This is a huge game for Stanford tailback Bryce Love. He gained only 29 yards against San Diego State last week and was not 100 percent with a sprained ankle in the Pac-12 title game vs. USC.
- Tickets for the USC-Colorado game on Oct. 13 start at $16 on StubHub.com.
- USC and Stanford both list the all-time series record at 62-32-3. But the schools got there by different paths.