Five Storylines: Stanford 

September, 13, 2012
1. The streak
Stanford has won three straight in this series, but as last season’s 56-48 triple-overtime thriller showed, it hasn’t been easy. If Stanford were to come away with a victory this time around, it would mark the first time in the history of the series that they’ve taken four in row from USC.

2. Josh Nunes in the spotlight
With the loss of Andrew Luck to the NFL, the Stanford quarterback job now belongs to junior Josh Nunes, and despite a slow start he has performed solidly overall. But facing San Jose State and Duke is a lot different than going up against USC, and he’ll need to stay poised at center stage. The Stanford offense will also look for him to continue stretching the field, as he did against the Blue Devils.