Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/14/12

USC visits Stanford this year. If we recall back to last year’s game, we were a mere Curtis McNeal fumble away from a fourth overtime.

USC wants to atone for their three straight loses to the team from Palo Alto.  USC will get revenge this year and come away with the W.

Although this is each team’s first true test, it doesn’t mean we can’t lay three bold predictions out.

This game will give us Barkley’s first Heisman moment.

I know, I know, Barkley's first pass of the season went for a touchdown, but that was against Hawaii, at home, in the first quarter. And even though he threw six touchdowns versus Syracuse, it was still Syracuse at a neutral site.

Playing a ranked team on the road, he will have his first Heisman moment. I could see him converting a long third and long in the fourth to keep the chains moving, or even possibly leading his team down for a late strike with only a few minutes remaining. Whatever it is, he will leave his mark on his game and become the Heisman front runner.

Marqise Lee will top 150 yards receiving.

It is no secret that Lee is an absolute monster. Lee had seven catches for 94 yards and a touchdown. With Robert Woods on the other side, it is hard to key onto just one player. McNeal and Silas Redd will also help open up the pass game.

Although most remember McNeal’s fumble in the third overtime last year, most forget that he ran for 145 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns. McNeal was averaging 7.3 YPC. If he can repeat those numbers Saturday night, Lee could be the biggest beneficiary.  

USC will record double digit sacks.

This one is the boldest prediction of them all. But it’s called bold predictions, so why not. USC is tied 12th in the nation in sacks. Junior Stanford quarterback Josh Nunes is 3 of 10 for 35 yards and a touchdown on 3rd and 3-7 yards. He is also only 1 for 3 on 3rd and 8-10 yards. If USC can jump out to an early lead and make Stanford get into those third and long situations, Nunes could be in for a long night.



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