Stanford Cardinal vs. No. 6 USC Trojans
Cody Kessler began the season as a contender for the Heisman Trophy and has moved into the frontrunner conversation after just two weeks of play. We knew he was good, but his performance against two opponents, although they’re considered cupcakes, has been phenomenal.
On the year, the senior quarterback has completed about 79 percent of his passes for 650 yards and seven touchdowns with no interceptions. While his numbers are impressive and the third-year starter keeps moving up the ranks of USC quarterbacks, he hasn’t developed a bond with more than one reliable wide out.
JuJu Smith is the only notable name as he’s the one receiver with over 100 yards, 281 to be exact, and more than six receptions (14). He also leads the team with three touchdown catches. Kessler will need to find more targets in the coming weeks.
Stanford’s Kevin Hogan has been fighting for respect for the past couple of years and it’s most likely due to his underachieving, game-managing style of play. Many believe he could be one of the top quarterbacks in the Pac-12, but he doesn’t show it when the game is on the line.
After a tough week one loss to Northwestern, the senior quarterback gathered himself and rebounded with a solid week two win over UCF. Hogan is completing 58 percent of his passes on the season for 496 yards and three touchdowns. His numbers look a bit nicer now after he made up for a tough week one loss in week two against the Knights.
Just like Kessler, though, Hogan will need to find more targets. Running back Christian McCaffrey leads the team in receptions, nine, as well as rushing yards, 124. Devon Cajuste and Austin Hooper really need to step up as viable receiving options for the senior QB.
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