NCAA Football Preview: USC Trojans at Stanford Cardinal

The Pac-12 will see two of their premiere teams get together on Saturday afternoon. The USC Trojans and the Stanford Cardinal will renew a long standing rivalry. Both teams are coming off wins in their season opener. Stanford blanked UC Davis 45-0, while the Trojans smashed the Bulldogs of Fresno State 52-13.  This game is scheduled for 12:30pm local time in Palo Alto. The students at Stanford have yet to start classes, but make no mistakes, they will be out in full force for this one. There are not a team opponents enjoy beating more than the USC Trojans. A season ago, the Trojans found a way to win at home; downing Stanford 20-17 on November 17th.

The Stanford Cardinal are one of just a handful of NCAA football teams that did not allow points in the opening week. The Cardinal limited the Aggies to just 115 total yards; 54 via the pass and 61 on the ground. Stanford offensively was very sharp. Kevin Hogan was tremendous, completing 12 of 16 passes for 304 yards and a touchdown. Hogan did throw an interception in the game. The top receiver for Stanford was Ty Montgomery, with 7 receptions, but Stanford saw four guys catch a touchdown pass. On the ground, Barry Sanders appears to be the top option, but he was one of 10 guys combining for the 32 carries.

Quarterback Cody Kessler was extremely sharp for USC in the opener. He finished the game with 25 completed passes, for 394 yards and 4 touchdowns. Two of his touchdowns went to Nelson Agholor, who also finished with 57 yards. The running game for USC was also solid, as they ran for 277 yards; anchored by Javorius Allen, with 177 yards and 2 touchdowns. On the defensive end, the Trojans forced Fresno State into four turnovers. The USC Trojans feel like if they can get this one; they will build some serious traction for a big matchup later in the year against UCLA. The Trojans will see Arizona State on October 4th come into Pasadena, but following that, the Trojans do not play another ranked team until November 22nd at UCLA and the following week against Notre Dame.

Wow, we are very excited about this game. These two teams love playing each other, and bring the best out of each other. Stanford is not as talented this season as they were last year, but still have plenty of studs. There are a bunch of question marks regarding the Trojans program, with the fake story, and also a key player leaving the team right before games start. The Stanford Cardinal are at home, and we feel that will make the difference in this game.  Stanford is out for some revenge from a season ago. We are going to take the favorite; Stanford Cardinal -3 over the road USC Trojans.

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