RECORDS: Stanford 8-1, 6-1 Pac-12; USC 7-3, 4-2.
KICKOFF: 5 p.m. at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
SERIES HISTORY: USC leads 58-29-3, but Stanford has won four in a row overall. Its last loss in the Coliseum was in 2005.
STORYLINES: Stanford is two wins from clinching the Pac-12 North title while USC is one game out in the South race. ... A matchup of two rugged defenses: Stanford is second in the conference in scoring and third in total defense. USC is second in total defense and third in scoring. ... The teams will lean on sophomore quarterbacks: USC's Cody Kessler has completed 81.6 percent of his passes the past two games; Stanford's Kevin Hogan played well against Oregon but has struggled on the road. ... USC has as first-rate pass rush. If Hogan doesn't have time to throw, the offense will stagnate (as it did at Oregon State).
INJURY UPDATE: Stanford -- DE Ben Gardner (pectoral) is out. USC -- TB Silas Redd (knee) is out. TB Tre Madden (hamstring) is probable.
MATCHUP TO WATCH: USC WRs Marqise Lee and Nelson Agholor, perhaps the best tandem in the Pac-12, against Stanford CBs Wayne Lyons and Alex Carter. The Trojans rely on the downfield passing game more than any team in the conference except Oregon State. Lyons and Carter must keep Lee and Agholor from getting deep. ... Stanford's goal is to limit big plays and force the Trojans to move the ball a few yards at a time, play after play.
STATS THAT MATTER: Stanford has won 16 of its past 18 games in November. ... USC is last in the conference in third-down conversions (32 percent) but No. 1 in third-down defense. Stanford is second in defending on third down. ... USC kicker Andre Heidari converts only 61 percent of his field-goal attempts. ... Stanford's Ty Montgomery leads the nation in kickoff returns (33.6 yards per return). USC's Agholor returned two punts for touchdowns against Cal. ... USC TB Javorius Allen is averaging 7.9 yards per carry.
-- JON WILNER
STANFORD AT USC