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

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

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
Player Pos. Date Details Status Injury
Tyler Gaffney RB 11/11/2013 is questionable for Saturday's game against USC Questionable head
Ben Gardner DE 10/29/2013 will miss the remainder of the season Out torn pectoral muscle
Ikenna Nwafor DT 09/20/2013 is out indefinitely Out undisclosed

USA Today

 

Trojans Injury Report (via USA Today)

Trojans Injury Report
Player Pos. Date Details Status Injury
Zach Banner OL 09/27/2013 will miss the remainder of the season Out hip
Gerald Bowman S 10/24/2013 will miss the remainder of the season Out shoulder
Morgan Breslin LB 11/11/2013 will miss the remainder of the season Out hip
Anthony Brown CB 11/11/2013 is questionable for Saturday's game against Stanford Questionable knee
Justin Davis RB 10/24/2013 will miss the remainder of the season Out ankle
Lamar Dawson LB 10/24/2013 will miss the remainder of the season Out knee
Tre Madden RB 11/11/2013 is expected to miss Saturday's game against Stanford Out leg
Steven Mitchell WR 08/08/2013 will miss the entire season Out knee
D.J. Morgan RB 11/01/2013 will miss the remainder of the season Out knee
Silas Redd RB 11/11/2013 is questionable for Saturday's game against Stanford Questionable knee
Taylor Ross RB 11/11/2013 is questionable for Saturday's game against Stanford Questionable leg
Devian Shelton CB 09/27/2013 will miss the remainder of the season Out foot
Jordan Simmons G 10/23/2013 will miss the remainder of the season Out leg
Shane Sullivan TE 10/27/2013 will miss the remainder of the season Out knee
Randall Telfer TE 11/11/2013 is questionable for Saturday's game against Stanford Questionable knee
Greg Townsend Jr DL 09/27/2013 will miss the remainder of the season Out knee
Leonard Williams DE 11/12/2013 is probable for Saturday's game against Stanford Probable shoulder

USA Today

 

Can the Trojans Stunt Tyler Gaffney?

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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

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

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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

 

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