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An early test for No. 14 USC and No. 13 Stanford in Pac-12 opener
An early test for No. 14 USC and No. 13 Stanford in Pac-12 opener

So much for tuneups. USC and Stanford each had only one game to prepare for Saturday’s Pac-12 Conference opener at Stanford Stadium. The No. 14 Trojans and No. 13 Cardinal will kick off at 12:30 p.m. PDT in a pivotal game that could shape their seasons. It’s a boon for college football fans eager for meaningful early-season matchups. Not so much for coaches hoping to learn more about their teams before they begin the toughest parts of their conference schedules. "I don't think either of us would choose this," Shaw said this week. USC has not won at Stanford since 2008. In 2010, the Cardinal defeated the Trojans, 37-35, on a field goal as time expired....

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