Did you know: USC vs. Stanford


Some fun facts about Saturday's game between Stanford and USC.

  • Stanford is looking to start 8-0 for the first time since 1951, when it started 9-0 and went to the Rose Bowl. Before that, Stanford's previous 8-0 start came in 1940, when it went 10-0 and beat Nebraska in the Rose Bowl. Minnesota was awarded the national title that year.

  • A victory would give Stanford three consecutive wins over USC, something the Cardinal haven't done since 1999-2001. Before that, the last three-game win streak against the Trojans was 1955-1957.

  • In its history against Stanford, which dates back to 1905, USC has never played a Stanford team ranked this high (No. 4 in the AP Poll). The previous high was in 1951, when Stanford was No. 7.

  • Stanford has won each of its past 10 games by 25-plus points. In the AP poll era (since 1936), no other team has won 10 consecutive games by at least 25 points.

  • During that 10-game win streak, Stanford's scoring margin is plus-35.2 points per game. During their overall streak of 15 consecutive wins, Stanford's scoring margin is plus-29 points per game.

  • Stanford's 15-game winning streak is the longest active streak in FBS, and there's now a bigger gap between Stanford and the second-place streak. It was Oklahoma at 11 in a row, but the Sooners lost last week to snap their streak. Now second place is nine straight wins -- belonging to Boise State, Alabama and LSU.

  • Stanford has only gone three-and-out on five of 79 (6.3 percent) drives this season, the lowest percentage in FBS. The Cardinal have had four games this season where they did not have a three-and-out drive, which is the most in FBS. USC has had three games without a three-and-out, including last week against Notre Dame.

  • At a combined 75 years, Saturday will be the youngest head-coaching matchup of the season to date (David Shaw, age 39, Lane Kiffin, age 36). But it will be short-lived, when USC plays Washington on Nov. 12 (Steve Sarkisian is 37).

  • In Lane Kiffin's years as a USC assistant coach (2001-2006), the Trojans went 5-1 against Stanford. As a USC head coach, Kiffin is 0-1 against the Cardinal.

  • Stanford has allowed only two sacks this season, tops in the nation.

  • USC has only allowed four, tied for fifth nationally.

  • According to USC sports information, ESPN College GameDay has made seven trips to USC (this will be the eighth). The Trojans are 6-1 in those games, their only loss coming last season when GameDay was there for Oregon's 53-32 victory.