Why USC Will Win: Winning at the Coliseum is difficult. Beating USC after upsetting Oregon (and beating Oregon State after exam week) is even more difficult. USC may not have picked their quarterback yet, but both are capable enough to get the ball to Marquis Lee and Nelson Agholar. Silas Redd should be more comfortable in the offense and will charge. Morgan Breslin and Leonard Williams on the defensive line will push the pocket. USC just wants to be back atop the Pac-12.
Why Stanford Will Win: USC’s strengths play right into Stanford’s elite qualities. The offensive line will do its job in protecting Hogan from the supposed big, bad linemen at USC. Stanford’s safeties will limit yards after the catch for USC's receivers and the linebackers will put some hurt on Redd. USC won’t be able to breathe on offense. On defense, USC’s secondary is depleted. If Stanford’s offense heats up, the team is unbeatable. Kevin Hogan could pick apart this defense thanks to late-season chemistry with his receivers.