USC hopes to match Cardinal's "bullies"

LOS ANGELES -- Like a metaphorical chicken bone stuck in their collective cardinal and gold throats, USC fans just can’t get over the fact that the No. 5 Stanford team invading the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday is perceived as more physical.

Although Stanford’s talented, veteran defense gets exceptional kudos for its manliness, it’s its physically dominant offensive line that controls games. Even Trojans interim head coach Ed Orgeron -- who hopes his own defensive line can withstand the brute onslaught of the Cardinal’s offensive front -- admits that Saturday’s game against the Bay Area Bullies will be won at the line of scrimmage.