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GAMES OF THE WEEK
CORY McCARTNEY
October 31, 2011
Here are the teams and the themes to follow this weekend
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October 31, 2011

Games Of The Week

Here are the teams and the themes to follow this weekend

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NO. 4 STANFORD AT NO. 20 USC

What we've learned about the Cardinal

The offense is in high gear, but don't forget about the defense. The unit ranks first in the Pac-12 against the rush (75.6 yards a game) as well as first in points (12.6) and yards (314.1) allowed.

What we've learned about the Trojans

They seem to have rediscovered their swagger. "We hear what people have said. We showed who we are," safety Jawanza Starling said after a 31--17 win at Notre Dame, their third straight.

What it will mean on Saturday

Expect this one to be a showcase for the Heisman front-runner. USC's 104th-ranked pass D should offer little resistance as Luck & Co. extend the nation's-best winning streak to 16 games.

NO. 11 OKLAHOMA AT NO. 10 KANSAS STATE

What we've learned about the Sooners

They look all but out of the BCS title race. The preseason No. 1 team suffered a stunning 41--38 loss to Texas Tech as its defense allowed 19 plays of 10 or more yards.

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