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“Stanford started Ryan Burns at quarterback and he played very well throughout the game despite being replaced by Keller Chryst so that David Shaw could evaluate both players. Burns was 14 for 18 for 156 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions. Despite good ball management by Burns and the explosive plays by McCaffrey, the offense only managed 70 yards in the second half and three first downs.
Though the USC defense had it easy this week, Stanford will impose a greater threat than Utah State. When both teams faced each other in last year’s Pac-12 championship game, McCaffrey ran all over the Trojans as he piled up a school record 461 all-purpose yards to help lead the Cardinal to 41-22 victory. He will obviously provide a lot of attention not only on defense but special teams as well. This will definitely be a battle in trenches as USC has shown to struggle against the run in recent games. Holding Utah State to 49 yards on 26 attempts should have be a confidence booster but Stanford and Christian McCaffrey will be a much bigger test.”