Stanford is looking at a tough schedule coming into the season, matching up with the likes of fifth-ranked Oregon. Their toughest challenge, however, should be their Week 3 game against AP preseason No. 1 USC.
USC has all of the makings of a powerhouse this season. They have a star quarterback in Matt Barkley, a great set of receivers, an impressive backfield and a solid defense to back it all up.
Still, Stanford is also ranked in the preseason and will have to win this game, or their matchup with Oregon, in order to compete for the Pac-12 Championship.
This article will go through the seven keys that Stanford must follow to win their Week 3 matchup with USC.