This is the 87th meeting between USC and Stanford in a series dating to 1905 (the Cardinal are the Trojans' oldest rival) with Troy holding a 58-25-3 edge. A season ago, Stanford recorded one of the most stunning upsets in college football history, beating the 41-point favorite Trojans, 24-23.[details]
The Good: A smart, tough-minded athlete who finishes blocks and plays with a mean streak. Relies on his technique and athleticism to open up run lanes inside. Has a quick first step and can reach-block inside. Possesses a squatty built and plays with natural leverage and flexibility inside. Has the versatility to play center or either guard spot. A veteran leader with four years of starting experience, he's the type who will find a way to make it. The Bad: Isn't real powerful and struggles getting initial movement in the run game. Doesn't display fluid lateral mobility when he's engaged. Lacks balance when trying to hold the point on contact vs. bigger D-linemen.