The Program: USC's Offense Is Going to Put the Pressure on Stanford to Keep Pace

Michael Felder@InTheBleachersNational CFB Lead WriterSeptember 11, 2012

On this edition of The Program we get a chance to take a look at the USC-Stanford matchup. This is a game that a year ago saw the Trojans not have enough to beat the Cardinal. However, in 2012, it is the Cardinal that are going to be looking for answers to USC's offense.

In 2011, it was the Andrew Luck show. He ran and threw the Cardinal into this big victory. With the help of guys like Coby Fleener, Chris Owusu, Griff Whalen and Ryan Hewitt, Luck was tossing the ball to guys he knew and believed in. Now, with Josh Nunes, that two-way street that is the rapport between a quarterback and his pass catchers will be tested. 

For USC, it will boil down to how much pressure they can put on the perimeter of Stanford's defense. With Marqise Lee and Robert Woods the Trojans have two of the best options in college football, and Lane Kiffin is not afraid to let Matt Barkley chuck the ball up to them in one-on-one situation. 

If you're USC, this is a game that you have to have in your quest for the crystal ball. If you're Stanford, you're going to have to score points to keep pace with the Trojans' run and pass threats on offense.