Cardinal and Trojans in rematch

02 December 2017 04:08:23 GMTPlus11

The Stanford Cardinal will go in search of revenge and the Pac-12 Championship this weekend when they face the USC Trojans at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.

The two sides met earlier in the season, with the Trojans winning 42-24 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Bryce Love, then something of an unknown quantity, rushed for 160 yards on 17 carries, but USC had both Stephen Carr and Ronald Jones II go over 100 yards on the day.

Quarterback Sam Darnold completed 21-of-26 for 316 yards and four scores, although in a hint of things to come was picked off twice.

Any hopes that Stanford might have had of getting into the national title race were extinguished the following week when the Cardinal lost to San Diego State at the SDCCU Stadium in Southern California.

Those two early losses removed Stanford from the picture and winning eight of their next nine did not change that.

A victory over USC would move the Cardinal into the Top 10 of the Associated Press Top 25 and garner a likely invite to a decent Bowl game.

For USC, who currently sit 11th in the AP Poll, three places ahead of Stanford, defeats to Washington State and Notre Dame, the latter in a 49-14 pasting, spelt the end of their hopes, even as you could argue that their defeats and body of work is better than Ohio State, Penn State and TCU who all sit ahead of them in the standings.

It will be interesting to see what a strong victory over Stanford would do in the national perception when it comes to the final Poll of the regular season.

Meanwhile, Ohio State are 9.00 to win the NCAAF Championship, with Auburn 4.50 and Clemson 3.25.

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