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USC vs. Stanford Kickoff Time Set

USC fans will have a little longer to enjoy the homecoming festivities.

Undoubtably given a big boost by Stanford’s win over Oregon on Thursday, the USC vs. Stanford game on Nov. 16 will kickoff at 5 p.m. and be televised nationally on ABC.

With the marquee Pac-12 matchup on Thursday, ABC opted to delay their decision on whether or not they would give the game their coveted 5 p.m. slot, or pass it off to Fox for a 12 p.m. start.

The Trojans and Cardinal have played some classics in recent memory, including Robert Woods’ coming out party in 2010, and a back-and-forth triple-overtime thriller in 2011.

Unfortunately for the Trojans, they came up short in both games.

Stanford currently owns a four-game winning streak over USC, and the Trojans haven’t defeated the Cardinal at home since 2005.

The last matchup between the two teams was in 2012 and a 21-14 Stanford victory on The Farm in which the Cardinal were physically dominant.

Playing without center Khaled Holmes, the Trojan offensive line struggled to match the Cardinal defensive physicality or solve their scheme for much of the game.

The Cardinal lined up a defensive lineman right over Cyrus Hobbi, who replaced the injured Holmes, and overpowered him from the moment he snapped the ball.

Knocking off the No. 2 ranked Trojans in 2012 was another “upset” victory for the Cardinal.

Before the USC can look ahead to their game with the Cardinal, they first face Cal on Saturday.

Kickoff in Berkeley, Calif. is set for 12 p.m. and the game will be televised on Fox.

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