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You needn’t remind USC, which hasn’t made BCS headway despite three shutouts, that anything can happen in football. But Stanford would like to. Again. Some issues surrounding today’s game:

Leading men: One team has, statistically, one of the top passers in the Pac-10. The other has Tavita Pritchard. Last year, that was enough for 41-point underdog Stanford.

Run for it: USC uses a stable of runners. Stanford depends on Gerhart & Kimble.

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Do you remember? You say you can’t erase history? If you’re coaches Carroll and Harbaugh, you can try.

In the zone: USC’s top-rated defense faces a Cardinal offense that usually converts in the red zone.

It’s a match: Even smart players make stupid mistakes. USC believes it. Stanford proves it.

By the numbers: The Trojans, favored by 24 points, lead the Pac-10 in total offense and defense, giving them a big statistical edge over Stanford. Of course, that was true last year too.

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