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Rivalry Renewed | Cardinal welcomes USC for Pac-12 opener

Posted September 4, 2018 by in

Rivalry Renewed
Cardinal welcomes USC for Pac-12 opener

Stanford Cardinal (1-0, 0-0)
USC Trojans (1-0, 0-0)
September 8, 2018 • 5 p.m. PT
Stanford Stadium (50,424) • Stanford, Calif.

What you need to know…

1 • Stanford’s first Pac-12 Conference game starts at 5:30 p.m. PT Saturday at home against USC. The matchup marks a critical early-season game with all other conference schools still playing non-league games this week.

4 • Saturday marks the fourth time in the past five years that Stanford and USC will meet in the season’s second week. Stanford is 4-4 in Pac-12 openers against the Trojans.

98 • Friday’s meeting will be the 98th between Stanford and USC. In a series that dates to 1905, the Trojans lead, 62-32-3. Stanford does not count the 1918 contest won by the Trojans in its series scores, as it was played as part of an unofficial schedule by the Student Army Training Corps Team.

1936 • Since the AP poll debuted in 1936, Stanford and USC have met 81 times. In 55 of those games, at least one team has been ranked. This game has featured a ranked team every season since 2001. In seven of the past 11 matchups, both teams have been ranked.

35 • Stanford had never scored more than 35 points in its first 86 meetings with USC, but eclipsed the 35-point mark in 2009 (55), 2010 (37), 2011 (56), and twice in 2015 (41, 41).

41 • Andrew Luck Director of Offensive and Kevin M. Hogan Quarterbacks Coach Tavita Pritchard engineered one of the biggest upsets in college football history on Oct. 6, 2007, against No. 2 USC in the Los Angeles Coliseum. Making his first career start, Pritchard threw a 10-yard touchdown pass on fourth down to wide receiver Mark Bradford with 49 seconds remaining to lift the Cardinal to a 24-23 victory. The Trojans were favored by 41 points.

7 • Stanford has won seven of its past 10 contests against USC, the best 10-game stretch for the Cardinal in series history.

8 • Seven of the past 12 meetings between Stanford and USC have been decided by eight points or less.

1 • Head coach David Shaw has a family tie to the USC football program — he is the nephew of former USC All-America cornerback (1964-66) and assistant coach (1980-86) Nate Shaw.

2 • Tight ends coach Morgan Turner has a pair of family ties to the USC football program — father, Ron, was a USC assistant coach from 1985-87, and uncle, Norv, was an assistant from 1976-84.

4 • Safety Frank Buncom, the fourth of his name, is the grandson of former USC left tackle Frank Buncom (1960-61).

2 • Two of three St. Brown brothers will be on the field Saturday — Stanford wide receiver, Osiris, and USC wide receiver, Amon-Ra. The oldest St. Brown brother, Equanimeous, currently plays for the Green Bay Packers.

8 • Stanford (13th) was ranked in the AP preseason poll for the eighth time in as many seasons under head coach David Shaw.

74 • Head coach David Shaw has 74 career wins, the most in Stanford history.

86 • Stanford’s 86 wins this decade rank fourth nationally and the most of any private school, ahead of TCU (76), USC (74) and Notre Dame (70).

8 • Stanford has won at least eight games for a school-record nine straight years.

.827 • Stanford is 24-5 (.827) against in-state opponents under head coach David Shaw.

.825 • Stanford is 52-11 (.825) in games played on California soil under head coach David Shaw. Four of those losses came at the hands of USC.

20 • Under head coach David Shaw since 2011, Stanford is 20-4 against USC, UCLA and Cal. In the six seasons before Shaw: 7-11.

24 • Stanford, which operates on the academic quarter calendar, will have 24 days between its season opener (Aug. 31) and the first day of classes (Sept. 24). The Cardinal will play three home games (vs. San Diego State, vs. USC, vs. UC Davis) before students return to campus for the fall quarter.

1921 • Built in 1921, Stanford Stadium is the eighth-oldest FBS facility. The current configuration includes a renovation completed prior to the 2006 season. The venue has a cozy seating capacity of 50,424, a considerable difference from the 85,000 that existed in what was previously the largest privately owned college football facility in the United States. Stanford Stadium has a long and storied history. In 1928, Herbert Hoover, a former Stanford football student manager, gave his acceptance speech there upon being nominated as the Republican presidential candidate. During the height of the Cold War, track coach Payton Jordan brought the USA-USSR dual meet to Stanford in 1962 in “the greatest track meet of all time.” The stadium was the site of the 1985 Super Bowl between the San Francisco 49ers and Miami Dolphins. The 1994 World Cup, including a July 4 showdown between the U.S. and Brazil and the 1999 Women’s World Cup semifinal between the U.S. and Brazil took place at Stanford Stadium.

— #GoStanford —

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