USC hopes to play complete game against Stanford

LOS ANGELES — USC showed against Notre Dame that it could block out distractions and play a complete game on the road.

Can the Trojans do the same at home?

USC fans and the rest of the nation will find out Saturday when the Trojans play Stanford at the Coliseum.

USC's 31-17 victory over unranked Notre Dame propelled the Trojans back into The Associated Press media poll at No. 20 on Sunday.

Stanford's 65-21 victory over Washington, coupled with losses by Oklahoma and Wisconsin, bumped the Cardinal up to No. 4 in the AP poll and No. 6 in the Bowl Championship Series standings.

ESPN's "College GameDay" will be on hand as USC attempts to pull off a second consecutive upset.

USC coach Lane Kiffin said Sunday that he mentioned to his players that "GameDay" was featuring the Stanford matchup and that the Cardinal was a top-5 team.

"Nobody even made a noise," Kiffin said. "I think they really finally understand it's not about the hype. It's about the preparation."

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