PALO ALTO, California (Ticker) -- No. 9 Southern California can settle another score when it returns from a bye week and visits Stanford in a Pac-10 Conference contest.
The Trojans had lost four straight games to Oregon before racing past the Ducks, 44-33, two weeks ago at Autzen Stadium. Next up is the Cardinal, which has defeated USC three straight times by a combined 11 points.
USC never has lost four straight games to Stanford in a series that dates to 1905. The Trojans hold a 53-24-3 record against their oldest rival.
If USC needs any extra motivation against the struggling Cardinal, it need only look back at last season when Chris Lewis came off the bench and threw a 20-yard TD pass to Jamien McCullum on the final play of the game to give Stanford a 32-30 win.
Lewis missed his second straight game last week with a bruised shoulder and has been replaced by freshman Kyle Matter, who completed just 9-of-19 passes for 71 yards in last week's 41-14 loss to Oregon.
Those numbers pale in comparison to that of USC's Carson Palmer, who could find himself in contention for the Heisman Trophy with another big game or two.
Palmer threw for 448 yards for five touchdowns and completed 74 percent of his passes in a 44-33 win over Oregon on October 26. In his last two games, Palmer has thrown for 796 yards and nine touchdowns.
Palmer's favorite target is freshman Mike Williams, who caught 13 passes for 226 yards against the Ducks.
Tailback Justin Fargas, a transfer from Michigan who was a member of the scout team last season, made his first start against Oregon and ran for 139 yards.
The Trojans have scored 115 points in their current three-game winning streak and could have a field day against a Stanford defense that has allowed at least 34 points on four occasions this season. The Cardinal surrendered 65 points against Arizona State on September 28.