Pac-12 title game: Stanford vs. USC on TSN2

Ross Houston
December 2, 2017

They were balanced offensivelyl, with running back Ronald Jones (25) leading the ground game, and count a 42-24 victory over Stanford as one of their 10 wins.

The school's athletic department and social media team released its own hype video Friday, just hours before the Cardinal takes on the Trojans in the Pac-12 Championship Game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

Entering tonight's game, USC and Stanford have split the last six head-to-head meetings, while in a series that dates back to 1905, the Trojans lead, 61-32-3. Darnold was 21 of 26 for 316 yards, with four touchdowns and two picks in the game against Stanford. I would venture to guess it will be the team that takes care of the football.

Stanford hasn't allowed more than 430 yards or 24 points in a game over the past eight contests.

"We got embarrassed", Hawkins said. Amazingly, 1,015 of his rushing yards have come after contact. In his last five games, he only went over 150 once. I think it will be a great match. They pitch it backward and let him use his eyes and his footwork to good use.

The Pac-12 Conference appears to be on the outside looking in of the College Football Playoff, although don't tell that to commissioner Larry Scott.

While McCaffrey was a do-it-all maestro, just as likely to create a big play as a receiver or in the return game as he was running, Love is an explosive rusher with 11 touchdowns runs of at least 50 yards.

"Usually you get pitches to the outside", Hawkins said. "He's back there, patient, watching for holes, things like that, and if you're not in your hole, he's going to find it". Stanford (9-3, 7-2, No. 12 CFP) finished with 170 yards on the ground in USC's 42-24 win at the Coliseum on September 9, the second most allowed by USC to a Pac-12 opponent.

K.J.'S GROWTH: Shaw didn't trust Costello to do much in his first game after taking over as the full-time starter. It was Chryst who started against the Trojans in their previous meeting.

DOMINANT NORTH: The team from the North Division has won all six Pac-12 championship games since the conference expanded to 12 teams, including Stanford's 41-22 win over USC two years ago.

The No. 11 Trojans can't allow a repeat performance to the No. 14 Cardinal and their latest Heisman candidate, Bryce Love, on Friday.

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