Saturday night’s Pac-12 Conference title game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara will feature two teams that have seen each other once already this season as the 8-4 USC Trojans battle the 10-2 Stanford Cardinal. Stanford beat USC 41-31 on September 19 in a game where Stanford took the lead in the third quarter and didn’t let it go the rest of the way. This has the chance to turn into another shootout.
USC comes into the game with a record that doesn’t look like one that should be in a title game but their win over UCLA last week clinched their spot in this game. Cody Kessler leads the Trojans’ passing game with 3,128 yards through the air, 27 touchdowns and six interceptions. JuJu Smith-Schuster has been dominating at the wide receiver position with 74 catches for 1,302 yards and ten touchdowns while Ronald Jones II has 890 yards on the ground and seven touchdowns. The Kessler connection with Smith-Schuster will be key to USC’s success in this game.
Stanford finished their regular season with a bang last week during a 38-36 win over Notre Dame on a last-second field goal. Kevin Hogan has 2,500 passing yards, 23 touchdowns and seven interceptions for the season while looking for a variety of receivers including Michael Rector who has 30 catches for 474 yards and five touchdowns. Christian McCaffrey has turned into a Heisman Trophy candidate with his 1,640 rushing yards and seven touchdowns for the year. The Cardinal needs a win and a lot of help probably to make the playoff.
What time is the USC vs. Stanford game?
The USC vs. Stanford game will begin at 7:45 p.m. Eastern/4:45 p.m. Pacific.
What date and channel will the USC vs. Stanford game be on?
The USC vs. Stanford game will be played on Saturday, December 5 and can be seen on ESPN.