Stanford vs. USC: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

Chris RolingFeatured Columnist IVFebruary 27, 2017

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 29:   Running back Tyler Gaffney #25 of the Stanford Cardinal reaches the ball over the goal line to score on a ten yard touchdown rececption in the first quarter against defensive tackle J.R. Tavai #58 of the USC Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 29, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Both the USC Trojans and No. 5 Stanford Cardinal are red hot going into their Pac-12 clash on Saturday.

The 7-3 Trojans have now won four of five since Lane Kiffin's dismissal with Ed Orgeron assuming control. Most recently, quarterback Cody Kessler and the offense put a 62-28 beatdown on California.

Things have been even better for the Cardinal. Last week, Stanford upset then-ranked No. 3 Oregon to move to 8-1 and remain on track to host a second-consecutive Pac-12 title game.

Plenty is on the line in the conference when these two foes take the field. Stanford has won four straight and three in a row at USC, but anything is possible between these two.

Here is a full breakdown.

 

When: Saturday, Nov. 16 at 8:00 p.m. ET

Where: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA

Television: ABC

Live Stream: ESPN3

Nov 9, 2013; Berkeley, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Cody Kessler (6) throws a pass against the California Golden Bears at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)

  • Over/Under: 46
  • Spread: Stanford (-4)

 

Cardinal Injury Report (via USA Today)

Cardinal Injury Report
PlayerPos.DateDetailsStatusInjury
Tyler GaffneyRB11/11/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against USCQuestionablehead
Ben GardnerDE10/29/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOuttorn pectoral muscle
Ikenna NwaforDT09/20/2013is out indefinitelyOutundisclosed
USA Today

 

Trojans Injury Report (via USA Today)

Trojans Injury Report
PlayerPos.DateDetailsStatusInjury
Zach BannerOL09/27/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOuthip
Gerald BowmanS10/24/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutshoulder
Morgan BreslinLB11/11/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOuthip
Anthony BrownCB11/11/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against StanfordQuestionableknee
Justin DavisRB10/24/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutankle
Lamar DawsonLB10/24/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutknee
Tre MaddenRB11/11/2013is expected to miss Saturday's game against StanfordOutleg
Steven MitchellWR08/08/2013will miss the entire seasonOutknee
D.J. MorganRB11/01/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutknee
Silas ReddRB11/11/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against StanfordQuestionableknee
Taylor RossRB11/11/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against StanfordQuestionableleg
Devian SheltonCB09/27/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutfoot
Jordan SimmonsG10/23/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutleg
Shane SullivanTE10/27/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutknee
Randall TelferTE11/11/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against StanfordQuestionableknee
Greg Townsend JrDL09/27/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutknee
Leonard WilliamsDE11/12/2013is probable for Saturday's game against StanfordProbableshoulder
USA Today

 

Can the Trojans Stunt Tyler Gaffney?

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 28:  Running back Tyler Gaffney #25 of the Stanford Cardinal rushes against the Washington State Cougars on September 28, 2013 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

Stanford senior running back Tyler Gaffney has made it look easy all season long. Gaffney saved his best act for when his team needed it most last week in the major upset as illustrated by ESPN:

If USC didn't know before, it does now—Gaffney is the key to a win over the Cardinal.

In six of nine games this year, Gaffney has 100 or more yards, and he's scored more than once in four games. On the year, Gaffney has 1,043 yards and 13 touchdowns on a 4.9 average.

Gaffney makes life easy for quarterback Kevin Hogan, who completes over 60 percent of his passes and has 13 touchdowns to five interceptions.

USC has allowed just one back to go over the 100-yard mark in 10 games (Ka'Deem Carey of Arizona), but Gaffney is more than up to the task. If he can, the Trojans are in trouble. 

 

Prediction

November 7, 2013; Stanford, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal quarterback Kevin Hogan (8) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Oregon Ducks during the second quarter at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Kessler-led USC offense has the look of an unstoppable unit with 988 total yards and 93 points in its last two games.

One problem—Oregon was once considered unstoppable as well.

USC has just inside a top-50 rushing attack, but Oregon had a top 10 rank last week. Stanford held the Ducks to just 62 yards on the ground, their lowest total since 2009.

The Trojans have not won against ranked opposition since November 2011, and that won't change here as Stanford uses an elite defense and solid ground game to grind out the win.

 

Final Score 

Cardinal win 28-17