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USC vs. Stanford: Five Things To Watch For

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Nov 1, 2013; Corvallis, OR, USA; Southern California Trojans tailback Javorious Allen (37) is pursued by Oregon State Beavers safety Tyrequek Zimmerman (8) and cornerback Larry Scott (15) on an 18-yard touchdown run in the second quarter against the Oregon State Beavers at Reser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

2) Buck Allen’s Break Away Speed

Buck Allen began the season with 137 yards in eight games. He’s had 133 and 135 yards in the two games since. Not only that, he’s ripped off touchdowns of 43, 52, 57, and 79 yards in that span. His two shortest totaled nine and 18 yards.

USC hasn’t had a real break away threat of the caliber Allen has shown for a long time. At least not since a certain #5 roamed the Coliseum’s floor. That kind of quick strike ability can be invaluable.

Against Stanford, Allen could prove to be the game breaker that USC has missed in three close loses to the Cardinal.

Of course, that would require him getting past Stanford’s elite rush defense.

David Shaw’s men boast the best ground defense in the Pac-12 and the ninth in the nation. They have allowed just one running play of more than 40 yards.

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