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Can Gaffney (left) continue his high level of play?
Week 12 Matchup: No. 4 Stanford (8-1) at USC (7-3), Nov. 16, 8 p.m. ET on ABC
The Cardinal don’t beat Oregon and propel themselves back into the BCS title picture without running back Tyler Gaffney.
Last weekend, the senior was instrumental in the upset of the Ducks, rushing for 157 yards and a touchdown on a career-high 45 carries. On the year, he has rushed for 1,043 yards and 13 scores.
If Stanford hopes to keep its dream alive, it’s vital for Gaffney to keep up his production.
Look for Trojans outside linebacker Devon Kennard to have a say in that matter.
On the season, the senior has registered 47 tackles, 10.0 tackles for loss, 8.0 sacks and eight quarterback hurries. He has wreaked havoc in the backfield time and time again.
Behind Kennard's leadership, USC ranks No. 17 against the run (112.5 YPG) and has allowed just six rushing touchdowns all year.
It will be a battle this Saturday.
All stats and rankings used in this article are courtesy of NCAA.com.
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