Pass the wine and cheese. This week's Brain Bowl features an interesting Pac-10 matchup as upstart Stanford meets USC in Los Angeles. Let's go to the tape:
One year cost of attending:
75th Percentile SAT Scores for Incoming Freshmen:
Stanford: Reading 760 , Math 780, Writing 760
USC: Reading 720 Math 740 Writing 720
Percent of Applicants Admitted:
Stanford: 9% (not a misprint!)
Stanford: 48% female, 52% male
USC: 50% female, 50% male
Stanford is probably the most difficult school, outside of the Ivies, to gain admittance, is smaller and quainter, wins on campus environment but loses, slightly, on male-to-female ratio.
Stanford is coming off a huge win at home v Oregon and is playing much better than many predicted. The talent level is much improved and they've still got a lot to play for...a lot more than USC, actually. The Trojans are coming off a loss and a lackluster road game at ASU. I like the Cardinal +11.
Overall Brain Bowl Record 2009: 6-4 (vs spread)