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Is intimidation a factor for USC?

Heading into Stanford game, the Trojans are in unusual position of underdog

Updated: October 7, 2010, 11:45 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Word has circulated among USC Trojans players.

"Even guys I talk to in the Pac-10 say they're the toughest team, the most physical team you're going to play," linebacker Malcolm Smith said.

And fullback Stanley Havili had this to say about the Stanford Cardinal, USC's opponent Saturday: "We've been watching film. We know what they're going to do. They're going to come out and butt us with their heads."

At a time when USC fans must be thirsting for bravado ...

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