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SAN FRANCISCO -- Stanford as a comfortable favorite against Southern California doesnt even seem weird anymore. Steven Wright Jersey . These days it is more notable when the Trojans beat the Cardinal than the other way around.No school has won more Pac-12 football championships than USC (38, more than double second place), but Stanford has won three of the last four titles. Right now the Cardinal are the conferences standard-bearer and the Trojans are trying to chase them down.USC (1-1) enters Saturdays game on the Farm as a nine-point underdog to the seventh-ranked Cardinal (1-0), looking for an upset to lift the program out of a malaise and bring some positive feelings to a team that has dealt with a ton of negativity.Stanford has stepped on USC during its climb to the top of the Pac-12, using victories against the Trojans to lay the foundation for one of the best programs in the country. It started in 2007 with a startling upset of the Trojans as a 39-point underdog under Jim Harbaugh. Stanford then ripped off four straight victories against USC from 2009-12.Two talented teams who get after it, with a lot of mutual respect, Stanford coach David Shaw said. Its an emotional game every time.USC seemed to have restored order to the rivalry, which it leads 61-31-3 overall, with victories in 2013 and 14. Then the Cardinal swept the Trojans last season, including a rout in the Pac-12 championship game.Its not like they were just pounding us, USC safety Chris Hawkins said. In the second game, they physically beat us, but in the first game, if you look at the tape, we were giving it to them as much as they could handle.True, but let that settle in. USC was able to hang with Stanford. USC is not that far behind Stanford. This is the Pac-12s new normal.Of course, the balance of power in college football can shift from week to week and a trend can become a blip quickly.USC seems like a program that has been in crisis mode on and off the field since Texas Vince Young crossed the goal line in the waning seconds of the 2006 Rose Bowl. The Trojans hoped Clay Helton, a longtime assistant promoted after coach Steve Sarkisian was fired last season, would provide a steadying influence this year. But he needs to win to do that and since USC removed the interim tag from Helton late last season, the Trojans are 1-3.Things to know as Stanford attempts to keep the Trojans in its rearview mirror.TWO QBS: Max Browne is the starter for USC and Ryan Burns is No. 1 for Stanford, but it is likely both backups will get some time. More likely with the Trojans, where Sam Darnold provides a different look with his ability to run. Keller Chryst, who was beat out by Burns in the preseason, doesnt necessarily change Stanfords approach, but Shaw has said hell get his chances.WILD CAFF: McCaffrey had 700 all-purpose yards in two games against USC last season, including 461 in the Pac-12 championship game. The Heisman runner-up was everywhere in that second meeting, with 207 yards rushing and 105 yards receiving.Usually you see a runner or you see a receiver, Helton said. When you have got the combination of both, you got to make a decision on what you are going to do. Are you going to load the box and play man coverage in 1-on-1 situations, or are you going to play back and play more zone coverage and all of a sudden they are running the ball with those big linemen.The 8 p.m. ET nationally televised game gives McCaffrey the chance to show his stuff to those early-to-bed Heisman voters.SUPENSIONS: Suspended USC LB Osa Masina was charged with rape Thursday in his native Utah. He and suspended teammate Don Hill are also under investigation for sexual assault in a case near USCs campus.TOUGH STRETCH: The Cardinal had last week off and are entering their toughest stretch of schedule. Trips to UCLA and No. 8 Washington are up next. After a home game against Washington State, Stanford goes to Notre Dame.The Trojans, who bounced back from that Alabama beatdown by thumping Utah State at the Los Angeles Coliseum last week, are now facing back-to-back road games and short rest against two of the most physical teams in the Pac-12. The Trojans are at Utah next Friday.---Follow Ralph D. Russo at Fred Lynn Jersey . Following a lopsided 5-2 loss against the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night, Paul MacLean told reporters that "theres a lack of focus, theres a lack of leadership and theres a lack of preparation" with his struggling team. That came on the heels of Bryan Murray taking the unusual step of going into the locker room at the Prudential Center and addressing the players himself. Brock Holt Jersey . Boucher previously coached the Tampa Bay Lightning and had a 97-78-20 record over two-plus seasons. He was dismissed by the team last March after the Lightning struggled in the lockout-shortened season with a 13-18-1 record. . Ibaka equaled a career high with 20 rebounds, adding four blocked shots and 15 points as the Thunder smothered the Milwaukee Bucks offence in a 92-79 victory Saturday night. PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers didnt put all the blame on quarterback Landry Jones for Thursdays preseason loss against Philadelphia.Jones threw four first-half interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown. But the Steelers were quick to defend their backup quarterback following the 17-0 loss.Some of it was good plays by them and some of it was negligence by us, whether its route-running or throwing, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. I understand that it falls under his stat line, but those are unit plays.Second-year wide receiver Sammie Coates took the blame for Jones first interception. It happened on the opening play of the Steelers second drive when Nolan Carroll stepped in front of a pass intended for Coates and returned the interception 38 yards for a score.I shouldve come off that ball harder, Coates said. It was all my fault. Not on the quarterback at all.The second interception came at the end of a lengthy drive that saw Jones march the Steelers to the Philadelphia 8-yard line. Jones moved the Steelers 71 yards in 14 plays, picking up two third downs along the way before a Cobi Hamilton fade was broken up by Leodis McKelvin and intercepted by Malcolm Jenkins.It was a real good throw, Hamilton said. He couldnt put it any better. I just have to go up and make the play.It was a similar story on the third interception. Jones moved the Steelers 60 yards on 10 plays, converting two more third downs, but another pass intended for Coates was picked off in the end zone by Aaron Grymes.I didnt jump or do anything, Coates said. When the quarterback gives you a chance to go up and get the ball, you have to make the play.Jones absorbed a heavy hit and released a wobbly throw on the fourtth interception, an easy one for Jaylen Watkins, who camped under the throw. Hanley Ramirez Jersey. Jones finished the game 12 of 20 for 111 yards with his four turnovers.You cant ever find comfort in those things, Jones said. It was probably as bad as it looked out there. You want to go out there and put your best foot forward and play the way you know youre capable of playing.Jones, the Steelers 2013 fourth-round pick, took the bulk of the snaps last season when the Steelers played five preseason games. It was largely inconsistent at times, as the former Oklahoma standout mixed good and bad on the practice field with several up-and-down gameday showings.But the extended preseason prepared Jones for his first meaningful regular-season action last season, as he filled in when starter Ben Roethlisberger missed time with a sprained MCL and bruised tibia. Jones rallied the Steelers to victories against Arizona and Oakland, but struggled during a loss at Kansas City.That experience helped Jones enter his fourth season with additional confidence in his abilities and more time under center.Tomlin has preserved Roethlisberger during training camp practices and sat his veteran quarterback for the first two preseason games, allowing more opportunities for Jones.Jones seemingly took a step back Thursday, throwing four interceptions in a losing effort. Regardless, the 27-year-old quarterback plans to take the most recent outing against the Eagles as a learning experience and grow from it.Things like that are going to happen, Jones said. You are going to play bad. So, you learn from it and you move on. Cheap Authentic Jerseys Discount NFL Jerseys Stitched Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Store Wholesale Jerseys 2018 NFL Jerseys From China NFL Jerseys From China ' ' '