The stage is set for the USC Trojans to rumble with the No. 5 Stanford Cardinal on Saturday night, in front of a (likely) sold-out homecoming crowd in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Lee Corso and the ESPN College GameDay Crew will also be in attendance, as this game has been dubbed the cant-miss tilt of the week.
It pits a streaking Trojan squad against a powerful Cardinal one. Stanford has bested USC over the past four straight years, their longest winning streak against the Trojans in history. USC–newly bowl-eligible after beating the California Golden Bears last week–looks to turn the series back in its favor, after coming very close in each of the past two seasons in particular.
In an interesting bit of history, this is the 19th time that USC has followed up a game against Cal with a tilt against Stanford. For the past eight times this has happened, USC has emerged victorious over the Cardinal.
Will the football gods find the Trojans in their favor?
USC certainly seems to be revitalized under interim head coach Ed Orgeron, so we could very well indeed be in for another thrilling installment of this conference rivalry.
But first, the vitals:
Kickoff: 5 p.m. PT
Place: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Radio: 710 ESPN (it will also be carried on USCTrojans.com)
Spread: Stanford (-4.5), via VegasInsider.com