Five Storylines: USC 

September, 13, 2012
9/13/12
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Each week we will take a look at five important storylines heading into Saturday's game. Here are some things to watch for as the Trojans travel to the Bay Area to take on the Stanford Cardinal.

1) Revenge factor: The USC players and coaches will say there is not a revenge factor for this game, that it’s just another opponent on the schedule. They are probably pretty genuine when they say it too, but at some point this is a Stanford team that has beaten USC three times in a row. The seniors on this team -- guys such as Matt Barkley and T.J. McDonald -- have never beaten the Cardinal. Then there is the triple-overtime game from last year. Lots of reasons for the Trojans to get maybe just a little bit more up for this one.

2) When will the Trojans click: Yes, the Trojans are 2-0 but they have yet to really look crisp for an entire game. It says something when you win your opening two games by decent margins and fall in the coaches poll after each game. It’s not necessarily about style points -- it’s about this team wanting to go out and prove that they can put it all together.