USC: Delano Howell

Game-time updates: Stanford-USC

October, 29, 2011
LOS ANGELES -- We're just about set to go here at the Coliseum for the Trojans' 5 p.m. PT game against the Stanford. Here are a couple of last-minute things worthy of an update before kickoff:
  • There are a lot more people here than normal. The USC campus and the area around the Coliseum was packed, and the school is expecting a sellout for the game. Fewer than 1,000 tickets were available as of Friday. The student section was almost completely full 30 minutes before kickoff. Also of note: the game-time temperature is 74 degrees.
  • Suiting up for the Trojans, as expected, is receiver Robert Woods, who's been bothered by unspecified injuries in practice this week. Running back George Farmer is in a walking boot and will not play tonight; he sprained his ankle in practice Tuesday and sat out the rest of the week.
  • Also expected to play is kicker Andre Heidari, who sprained his right ankle in the Notre Dame game last week and was limited in practice. He converted a number of 45-yarders in pregame warmups and also did some long-distance stuff from the opposing 40-yard line. It's likely that walk-on Craig McMahon will do the kickoffs and Heidari will do extra points and field goals, although Lane Kiffin will probably be more aggressive than usual in the red zone because of the injury.
  • Out for Stanford is safety Delano Howell, a senior who was second-team All-Pac-10 a year ago. The Cardinal replaced him with sophomore Devon Carrington last week against Washington.

Join us here on the USC Report on beginning at 5 p.m. PT as Mark Saxon, Ramona Shelburne, Arash Markazi and I keep you updated throughout the game in Trojans Live!, an interactive live chat where we provide updates on game action and answer any and all questions.

First, first look: Stanford

July, 7, 2011
The weeks are counting down until fall camp begins for the USC football team the first week of August. During each of the in-between weeks, we've been offering up an early first look at the 12 scheduled opponents for the 2011 season, in chronological order. We began with Minnesota and Utah, continued the next three weeks with Syracuse, Arizona State, and Arizona, and added Cal and Notre Dame recently. We now present Stanford, who the Trojans will face at home on Saturday, Oct. 29:

History: USC and Stanford have matched up 88 times in their histories, dating to 1905.

On only five occasions have the Cardinal been ranked higher than USC entering the matchup. Last year was one of those times, and this year figures to be another, as the Cardinal enter the 2011 season as a likely preseason top-10 pick.

USC leads the all-time series between the schools by a margin of 58-27-3, and the Trojans have had win streaks as long as 12 games against Stanford. But, over the last dozen years, the Cardinal have actually been USC's toughest in-conference opponent.

Since 1999, the teams have split 12 games, and it has been streaky. Stanford won in 1999, 2000 and 2001; USC won five straight from 2002 to 2006 until Stanford pulled off the big upset in 2007. Then the Trojans won once more in 2008 before the Cardinal took the next two, including USC's worst home loss in three decades in 2009.

Half of those last 12 games have been tightly contested, with margins of victory of five points or fewer.

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