The amazing streak for USC is finally over. The run of seven BCS games and seven Pac Ten Championships have come to a halt thanks to the Stanford Cardinal. It was evident that the Cardinal had the most physical football team on the field today after putting 55 points on the scoreboard in the Los Angeles Coliseum. Stanford punished the Trojans on the ground with 49 carries for 327 yards. USC has been physically embarrassed twice this season against Oregon and Stanford. Pete Carroll's teams usually don't get dominated like they have this season when they lose games. It is clear that the Trojans lost too many quality defensive players to the NFL last April and will need to recruit some physical players on the defensive side of the ball to get back to their normal level of play.
Clearly Stanford was not satisfied with just becoming bowl eligible. California and Notre Dame remain on the schedule and those are two games that the Cardinal can win impressively. If they finish 9-3 it is possible that they could get selected for the Holiday Bowl depending on what happens in the Oregon/Arizona, Arizona/USC and Oregon/Oregon St. match-ups. The recent victories over Oregon and USC should get the national medias attention and the Notre Dame game will be closely watched because of the job status of Charlie Weiss. A dominating win over Notre Dame will earn Stanford a lot of votes in the polls.
Stanford has one of the best RB's in the country in Toby Gerhart and next season QB Andrew Luck will be considered one of the best QB's in the nation. USC QB Matt Barkley has been highly touted, but Andrew Luck is clearly the better player at this point in time. Against USC Gerhart rushed for 178 yards and 3 TD's and Andrew Luck was 12/22 for 144 yards and 2 TD's. Coach Jim Harbaugh has successfully turned this football program around with the impressive victories over Oregon and USC and with an upcoming Bowl appearance Stanford should be able to add some very good recruits in February that will help the Cardinal sustain this level of play.