USC football's Week 2 game against Stanford is going to be a nice test for the Trojans. Sure, Stanford is coming off of a 3-9 season last year, but they were the ones to beat SC and lead to Clay Helton's firing. They also were the ones to upset Oregon, who was eyeing a College Football Playoff run at the time.
They seem to upset USC at the most inopportune times. USC tends to do the same. It's surprisingly a throw-out-the-records matchup when these two play these days. USC is 6-10 against the Tree in the last 15 years. So while they're 62-34-3 against the Cardinal all-time, Stanford Head Coach David Shaw loves nothing more than to upset USC, even when he's expected to have no chance.
He loves nothing more than to upset the Pac-12 front runners, and play spoiler. Again, he's done it to Oregon before. He's done it to Washington too. He appears to know exactly how to game-plan for those opponents. So, there's a reason that USC is getting the top broadcast crew for the game. The game's going to be on ABC, at 4:30 p.m. PST with Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit on the call.
ESPN/ABC clearly knows that this USC football game against Stanford could be a great one.
To add to the potential of an upset of USC football, Stanford is going to be at home. Look--SC is probably not losing. However, a historic Pac-12 matchup that plays every single year, USC-Stanford games always bring excitement to networks.
They always bring excitement to the fans too. If any fan doesn't have ABC, go ahead and get a free trial to FuboTV here. This is a game nobody should have to miss. Both teams are coming off of blowout Week 1 wins; USC beating Rice 66-14, and Stanford beating Colgate 41-10.
Kicking off the Pac-12 slate for each of these teams brings a lot of excitement to the field, in a game that Stanford will likely already be coming out with more of an edge for, as it's USC's last time traveling up to Stanford Stadium while in the Pac-12.