STANFORD VS. USC
RECORDS: Stanford 2-0, USC 2-0
KICKOFF: 4:30 p.m. at Stanford Stadium
SERIES HISTORY: USC leads 58-28-3, but Stanford has won three in a row and four of the past five.
STORYLINES: What will these century-old rivals do for an encore after two thrilling finishes in 2010-11? ... Stanford has never beaten USC four years in a row ... Second-ranked USC must win to remain on track for a berth in the national championship game ... The Cardinal is the only conference opponent USC quarterback Matt Barkley has never beaten ... Stanford's success depends on containing USC receivers Robert Woods and Marqise Lee and on quarterback Josh Nunes completing enough passes to keep the Trojans' defense honest ... If it comes down to field goals, Stanford has the advantage: USC is without kicker (and Groza Award candidate) Andre Heidari.
INJURY UPDATE: Stanford -- FB Geoff Meinken (knee) is out; FB Ryan Hewitt (ankle) will play. USC -- K Andre Heidari (knee) is out. C Khaled Holmes (ankle) is questionable.
MATCHUP TO WATCH: Stanford tight ends Zach Ertz and Levine Toilolo against USC's linebackers and safeties ... The 6-foot-8 Toilolo and 6-6 Ertz have combined for 10 catches in two games and could be Nunes' best options for stretching USC's defense. They are difficult matchups for anyone but could cause major problems for the Trojans, whose strongside
STATS THAT MATTER: Stanford leads the Pac-12 in turnover margin (plus-2.5 per game) while USC is tied for second (plus-2.0). ... The Trojans have scored touchdowns on 7 of 8 red zone possessions, compared with Stanford's 5 of 10. ... The Cardinal is last in the conference in third-down conversions (28 percent).
-- JON WILNER