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Will the Trojans be up to the task this weekend?
Week 12 Matchup: No. 4 Stanford (8-1) at USC (7-3), Nov. 16, 8 p.m. ET on ABC
Ever since firing head coach Lane Kiffin, the Trojans have been on a roll.
The team has won three straight and four of five under interim head coach Ed Orgeron. That includes rediscovering its defensive prowess and developing an offensive identity.
Fresh off a 499-yard, 62-point performance against Cal, the offense is in good shape. Quarterback Cody Kessler put together one of his best showings of the season—14-of-17, 170 yards, 2 TDs—and the rushing attack combined for 256 yards and four touchdowns.
As for the defense, the unit recently shut down quarterback Sean Mannion and the Oregon State offense. USC held the Beavers to just 369 yards of total offense and picked off three of Mannion’s passes, including one that was taken back for six.
The Cardinal will be the Trojans toughest test under Orgeron.
Then again, Stanford has already proven to slip up away from home, losing to unranked Utah earlier in the season.
Backed by its home fans, on prime-time TV and with ESPN’s College GameDay in attendance, expect USC to put together one of its best performances of the season.
But will it be enough to slow down the Cardinal?