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West Coast offenses, and defenses, in college football spotlight
West Coast offenses, and defenses, in college football spotlight

Michigan and Notre Dame won't play again after Saturday until maybe ever, but let's get to the important games. Yes, it says something about a dying-ember rivalry that it could finish a distant third on a slim list of must-see marquee games. The big-board action is in Eugene, Ore., where Michigan State takes on Oregon, and Palo Alto, where Stanford hosts USC. These aren't merely terrific matchups involving top-20 teams. They are epic philosophical clashes pitting new doctrines against old-school tenets. USC at Stanford is a critical early South-North showdown in the Pac-12 Conference, a game dripping in saga and significance. This time-worn rivalry was reborn in 2007...

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