Coming off their biggest win of the season thus far, the Stanford Cardinal are hoping to prove that their victory over the Oregon Ducks was anything but a fluke and that their early-season loss to the Utah Utes was exactly that — a fluke. The Cardinal are the favorite to win the conference right now.
On the other side of the field, the USC Trojans are 4-1 since the Lane Kiffin firing and it seems like that was the best thing to happen to this program as they will have their own shot at taking down a Pac-12 Goliath. The Trojans have won three straight and look like a completely new football team.
Stanford is led by Kevin Hogan who seems to be more of a leader and game-manager than he is a solid passing quarterback. I say this because the Cardinal are known more for the run than the pass as Hogan has accounted for 1,596 yards and 13 touchdowns on the season with a pretty solid completion rate. Tyler Gaffney leads the 28th-ranked rushing offense with 1,043 yards and 13 touchdowns on the season. Ty Montgomery leads all receivers with 41 catches for 639 yards and five touchdowns.
The Trojans have settled on Cody Kessler to be their quarterback and it has been a great decision by the coaching staff as he has excelled in the starting role this season, passing for 1,977 yards and 12 touchdowns. Nelson Agholor has been the leading receiver with 36 catches for 647 yards and three scores while Marquise Lee isn’t too far behind, catching 38 passes for 521 yards and two touchdowns. Tre Madden leads all running backs with 671 rushing yards and three scores while Javorius Allen has 405 yards and seven touchdowns.
Defensively, the Trojans have been one of the most consistent squads out there since Kiffin’s firing. They rank 19th in points allowed per game as well as 13th in yards allowed per game. Stanford shut down Oregon last week — something no one has been able to do. The Cardinal rank 18th in points against per game to go along with an 18th ranking in yards allowed per game.
Stanford will travel to USC to take on the Trojans at 8 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 16. The game will be broadcasted on ABC.
PREDICTION: Stanford 30, USC 24