Stanford vs. USC: Live Scores, Highlights and Analysis

T.J. McaloonContributorOctober 29, 2011

PALO ALTO, CA - OCTOBER 09:  The USC Trojan band performs before their game against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on October 9, 2010 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Tonight’s game for the No. 6 Stanford Cardinal versus the USC Trojans will be Stanford’s toughest test this year. It’s the first time this Cardinal team, led by quarterback Andrew Luck, will have to travel outside of their home stadium in Palo Alto, California to play a tough game.

Last week, each team had huge victories, as Stanford cruised to victory over No. 25 Washington at home, while USC crushed their long-time rivals Notre Dame in South Bend.

The game tonight is between two of the best programs going now in the state of California. But the real underlying story is going to go down between both quarterbacks. 

Coming into this game, all of the hype surrounds Stanford’s Andrew Luck. But USC’s Matt Barkley may be just as good as the anointed No. 1 draft pick of the 2012 NFL draft. 

If USC is to pull off the major upset tonight, it will be because Barkley out-plays Luck, having the more impressive game. A better game from Barkley may not just give USC the win, but for Barkley personally, it may mean he leapfrogs over Luck as the savior of NFL teams in the upcoming draft. 

However, for Luck, he has another chance like last week to shine on a national stage on prime-time television. 

Playing on the West Coast makes it hard for a majority of viewers to see how good Luck is. 

But for those who tune into this game either on ABC starting at 8:00 p.m. or follow here on the live blog, you will see why Andrew Luck is heralded as the best college player today.