Stanford vs USC Live Stream Free Trojans vs Cardinal NCAAF Game Watch TV InfoThe Stanford–USC football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Stanford Cardinal and the USC Trojans, both members of the Pac-12 Conference and the only private schools in the conference. The two teams first played in 1905 and have met nearly every year since 1919 …
For the fifth consecutive season, USC and Stanford are opening Pac-12 play against each other in September. Because of each program’s place among its peers in the Pac-12, this early-season showdown between old rivals sets the stage and the terms for the Pac-12 title race.
Stanford has been the class of the Pac-12 North, appearing in four of the last six conference title games and claiming three titles. USC has been to the conference championship game twice in the last three years, losing in 2015 to Stanford then taking down the Cardinal with a goal line stand to win its first Pac-12 championship since 2008 last year.
While USC was down, Stanford took big steps forward. Now, both programs are at the top of their league and competing for championships and College Football Playoff spots. USC-Stanford may not come to mind as one of the best rivalries in the sport, but in 2018 it’s certainly one of the most significant games that will be played all year.
Stanford: Star running back Bryce Love was bottled by San Diego State last week, limited to 29 yards on 18 carries. Much of that is a credit to Aztecs coach Rocky Long and his team’s preparation, but it also served as a preview of what Stanford’s offense might face all season.
Because of Love’s explosiveness, teams may stack and the box and crowd the line of scrimmage, often at the expense of covering the Cardinal’s wide receivers. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (6 catches, 226 receiving yards, 3 touchdowns) has quickly proven to be one of the top playmakers in the league already, so as long as he and K.J. Costello are in sync, then Stanford’s offense has the perfect counter to teams selling out against the run. It’s hard to imagine Love not having a bounce back performance, but last week proved they don’t need Love to be the star in order to win.
USC: The J.T. Daniels era got off to a rocky start, but once Daniels settled down and started connecting with high school teammate Amon-Ra St. Brown, the Trojans offense started to flash their potential for 2018 and beyond.
The fact that Daniels’ first road start is against one of the top teams in the conference isn’t ideal, but Clay Helton was more than aware of the schedule when named the true freshman the starter and more than confident he has the tools to succeed in this spot.
The defense needs to establish the pass rush early for USC to have a chance, but it won’t be enough.
The game against UNLV last week was great win for USC, but an expected one nonetheless. A rematch of last season’s nerve-racking Pac-12 Title game will be the first true test for freshman JT Daniels—one where can ill-afford to make freshman mistakes. Now this doesn’t mean Stanford’s defense is one to fear, but Daniels is going to have to keep the Trojans on pace with Stanford’s explosive offense.
Even though early Heisman candidate did relatively nothing in first game this season, 18 carries for 29 yards, he had two excellent outings against the Trojans last season combining for 285 yards and two touchdowns. It would be poor preparation for USC to not expect the real Bryce Love to show up in this critical early season matchup.
With JJ Arcega-Whiteside laying early claim to the Biletnikoff Award and KJ Costello on the rise, Stanford will give this Trojan defense all they can handle—I expect it to be too much for them.
This isn’t the same Trojan team that narrowly beat the Cardinal in early-December, but this is the same Stanford squad. Expect the offense to struggle in USC’s first loss of the season as Stanford explodes 31-16 on a young Trojan team.
Each team has won the game but not its division.Each team has started a quarterback who would eventually get benched.But one measure is undefeated in the September showdowns: The team that runs for more yards is 5-0.
Home or road, favorite or underdog, Sam Darnold or Kevin Hogan, Christian McCaffrey or Buck Allen, Bryce Love or Ronald Jones — win the ground game, and you win the game.
In its three victories, Stanford has out-rushed USC by 401 yards.In its two victories, USC has out-rushed Stanford by 165.