Sep 21, 2013; Stanford, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal fans watch the game from the stands during the second quarter against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Stanford Stadium. Stanford won 42-28. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports
It’s Stanford rivalry week! USC football and the Cardinal go way back, with their first meeting in 1905, so there have been plenty of years for healthy ribbing to be shared between two of California’s proudest universities.
Leland Stanford Jr. University is indeed one of the world’s most prestigious educational institutions, giving out arguably the most valuable and desired degree on Earth. They also have one of the nation’s best athletic departments, as annual winners of the Directors Cup.
Because of that, USC football fans have to get creative to when looking to engage in some friendly banter during rivalry week. Luckily enough however, the Trojans have a long and storied history that stacks up well against their longest-running foe.
Here’s a list of 15 trump cards USC football fans can pull on Stanford fans this week, starting with the biggest Week 1 disappointment in the country.
1. Stanford Lost to Northwestern
It was supposed to be the year that the college football world took the Pac-12 seriously. Instead, the conference’s less-than-stellar Week 1 began with Stanford laying an early egg against Northwestern.
The then-No. 21 Cardinal failed to score a touchdown, putting up a total of six points on the day with a grand total of 240 yards on offense. Senior quarterback Kevin Hogan threw an interception, was sacked three times and failed to pass the 200-yard mark.
By now Stanford’s slow season starts are as predictable as the sun rising and setting, but dropping the opener to the Wildcats was a new low for the Cardinal.