Stanford Football: How the Cardinal Can Beat USC Yet Again

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Stanford Football: How the Cardinal Can Beat USC Yet Again
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2011: Stanford 56 USC 48

September 15 has been circled on Stanford’s calendar for a while now. We noted that date earlier in the spring and last week highlighted that date as a major challenge for the 2012 Cardinal. 

That’s when USC visits The Farm, in what could be a preview of the Pac-12 championship game, just three weeks into the season. 

What must Stanford do to topple mighty USC? 

Turns out the easy answer is, just show up on time for kickoff, as Stanford has beaten USC four of the last five times they've met. The streak began during the sad slide of the Pete Carroll regime and has continued into the Kiffin-Barkley era.

The Cardinal began with the improbable 24-23 upset in 2007. Then there was the 55-21 "what's your deal?" rout in 2009. The last second 37-35 victory in 2010. And the thrilling 56-48 triple overtime win last year. 

SC’s last win over the Cardinal was back in 2008. That was when Mark Sanchez was the QB. Current Trojan QB Matt Barkley has thrown for 870 yards, seven touchdowns—and an 0-3 record—against Stanford.

Pop quiz: how many of the Trojans’ current starters have ever walked off the field a winner against the Cardinal?  Answer: That would be zero.

So really, USC has no chance.  End of story.

But wait, there's more. Turn the page for a few more keys to another Stanford win over USC.

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