In true John Baxter fashion, USC backup kicker Alex Wood has switched numbers this week from No. 6 to No. 48 -- which happens to be the number that starting kicker Andre Heidari wears normally. Heidari did not make the trip to the Bay Area.
Center Khaled Holmes, who went down in the fourth quarter of last week's Syracuse game because of an apparent ankle injury, suited up and participated in warmups. He did not appear severely limited but was wearing a brace on his right ankle. Backups Abe Markowitz and Cyrus Hobbi were also snapping the ball in warmups.
Defensive end Wes Horton warmed up pregame despite missing the second half of Syracuse because of an unspecified injury. Fellow end J.R. Tavai, who also missed the second half last week, was not warming up with his teammates. It could really hurt USC to not have him against the Cardinal, considering he has proven adept at run-stopping in his USC career.
The weather at Stanford Stadium is a perfect 72 degrees, with temperatures set to drop into the high 50s by the second half. Fans began to pile in an hour and a half before kickoff.
We'll have extensive postgame coverage after today's game on ESPNLA.com.