Room for improvement

USC opens Pac-12 play against Stanford this week and needs to impress

Updated: September 9, 2012, 12:50 PM ET
By Greg Katz |
LOS ANGELES - - Surviving an ominous Northeast thunderstorm and having feasted on two non-conference hors d'oeuvres called Hawaii and Syracuse, the No. 2 USC Trojans will continue their road tour next Saturday afternoon with a Pac-12 main-course dish, the No. 25 Stanford Cardinal in Palo Alto.

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AP Photo/Kevin TerrellLane Kiffin and USC open Pac-12 play this week at Stanford.
It'll be the Pac-12 opener for both the Trojans (2-0) and Stanford (2-0), two private universities that have a long history of competitive animosity. Ask most experts and they'll tell you this season's early matchup would be between undefeated teams, about as sarcastically shocking as Saturday's humidity and unpredictable weather in the New York City area.

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