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    October 31, 2018 10:41 PM PDT

    No. Discount San Francisco 49ers Jerseys . 7 Stanford | No. 9 Tennessee | Top 25No. 8: MichiganLast Season: 10-3?(6-2 Big Ten East)After fielding a top-10 defense each of the past two years (just 295.4 yards allowed per game since 14), Michigan enters 2016 with my No. 5-rated defense overall, led by my No. 10 defensive line and No. 8 secondary. On offense, the Wolverines return their top four receivers, led by 6-3 senior Jehu Chesson (764 yards and nine TDs), and their leading rusher, DeVeon Smith (753 yards). Michigan should open the season 7-0 and likely will be ranked in the top three, but the team has a brutal stretch to end 2016: Its final three road trips are to Michigan State (toss-up), Iowa (+3) and Ohio State (+6).IN IF... It can beat both Michigan State and Ohio State, a feat the Wolverines havent accomplished in 13 years. With a subpar schedule, theyll need that résumé boost for a playoff shot.OUT IF... Jim Harbaugh cant work his QB magic. UM claims the best pair of wideouts in the Big Ten (Chesson and Amara Darboh) and perhaps the best TE in the nation in Jake Butt (12.8 ypc) -- but those threats arent worth much without a quarterback who can find them.Michigans chances to win each game 09.03 vs. Hawaii: 99.4% 09.10 vs. UCF: 97.6% 09.17 vs. Colorado: 90.5% 09.24 vs. Penn State: 79.7% 10.01 vs. Wisconsin: 78.6% 10.08 @ Rutgers: 85.2% 10.22 vs. Illinois: 94.5% 10.29 @ Michigan State: 66.6% 11.05 vs. Maryland: 93.1% 11.12 @ Iowa: 66.3% 11.19 vs. Indiana: 91.3% 11.26 @ Ohio State: 48.4%Year 2 of the Jim Harbaugh era produces a College Football Playoff berth, as his experienced Wolverines ride a ferocious defense and a favorable schedule to an 11-1 regular-season record and a long-awaited Big Ten title.?-- Brian BennettThe Harbaugh hype is real. With cornerback Jourdan Lewis and linebacker Jabrill Peppers, this defense might wind up as the best in the country. This team is more than capable of an 11-1 record and a spot in the Big Ten championship.?-- Josh MoyerThe first half of Michigans schedule will do nothing to slow down the Harbaugh Express hype train in Ann Arbor. A 10-2 regular season is a reasonable step forward considering the Wolverines make trips to Iowa City, East Lansing and Columbus in the last five weeks of the year.?-- Dan MurphyMichigan doesnt play a game outside the Big House until Week 6 and is a favorite to win its first 11 games. Michigan breaks through in Harbaughs second year and beats Ohio State in the regular season finale to finish 12-0 and reach the league championship game. -- Jesse TempleThe Harbaugh Hype is building. But with uncertainty at quarterback and a tough conference schedule that includes road trips to the other three Big Ten contenders, the Wolverines are probably a year away and looking at a 9-3 campaign.?-- Austin WardNo. 7 Stanford | No. 9 Tennessee | Top 25 Weston Richburg Jersey . Uniteds eighth defeat of a wretched campaign means Liverpool, which currently occupies the fourth and final Champions League place, could go nine points clear of its fierce rival by beating West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. Charlie Adam scored both of Stokes goals at Britannia Stadium either side of Robin van Persies equalizer, with a miserable day for seventh-place United capped by first-half injuries to centre halves Jonny Evans and Phil Jones that forced them off. Terrell Owens Jersey . Louis. To which I would say two things: 1. Where there is smoke, there is or perhaps has been a little fire. Or, in other words, the two teams would appear to have at least spoken. And spoken is defined as one calling the other to inquire, no more, no less. . -- The proud fathers huddled near the Dallas Stars dressing room, smiling, laughing and telling stories while wearing replica green sweaters of their sons team. SAN FRANCISCO -- Stanford as a comfortable favorite against Southern California doesnt even seem weird anymore. These days it is more notable when the Trojans beat the Cardinal than the other way around.No school has won more Pac-12 football championships than USC (38, more than double second place), but Stanford has won three of the last four titles. Right now the Cardinal are the conferences standard-bearer and the Trojans are trying to chase them down.USC (1-1) enters Saturdays game on the Farm as a nine-point underdog to the seventh-ranked Cardinal (1-0), looking for an upset to lift the program out of a malaise and bring some positive feelings to a team that has dealt with a ton of negativity.Stanford has stepped on USC during its climb to the top of the Pac-12, using victories against the Trojans to lay the foundation for one of the best programs in the country. It started in 2007 with a startling upset of the Trojans as a 39-point underdog under Jim Harbaugh. Stanford then ripped off four straight victories against USC from 2009-12.Two talented teams who get after it, with a lot of mutual respect, Stanford coach David Shaw said. Its an emotional game every time.USC seemed to have restored order to the rivalry, which it leads 61-31-3 overall, with victories in 2013 and 14. Then the Cardinal swept the Trojans last season, including a rout in the Pac-12 championship game.Its not like they were just pounding us, USC safety Chris Hawkins said. In the second game, they physically beat us, but in the first game, if you look at the tape, we were giving it to them as much as they could handle.True, but let that settle in. USC was able to hang with Stanford. USC is not that far behind Stanford. This is the Pac-12s new normal.Of course, the balance of power in college football can shift from week to week and a trend can become a blip quickly.USC seems like a program that has been in crisis mode on and off the field since Texas Vince Young crossed the goal line in the waning seconds of the 2006 Rose Bowl. The Trojans hoped Clay Helton, a longtime assistant promoted after coach Steve Sarkisian was fired last season, would provide a steadying influence thiis year. C.J. Beathard Jersey. But he needs to win to do that and since USC removed the interim tag from Helton late last season, the Trojans are 1-3.Things to know as Stanford attempts to keep the Trojans in its rearview mirror.TWO QBS: Max Browne is the starter for USC and Ryan Burns is No. 1 for Stanford, but it is likely both backups will get some time. More likely with the Trojans, where Sam Darnold provides a different look with his ability to run. Keller Chryst, who was beat out by Burns in the preseason, doesnt necessarily change Stanfords approach, but Shaw has said hell get his chances.WILD CAFF: McCaffrey had 700 all-purpose yards in two games against USC last season, including 461 in the Pac-12 championship game. The Heisman runner-up was everywhere in that second meeting, with 207 yards rushing and 105 yards receiving.Usually you see a runner or you see a receiver, Helton said. When you have got the combination of both, you got to make a decision on what you are going to do. Are you going to load the box and play man coverage in 1-on-1 situations, or are you going to play back and play more zone coverage and all of a sudden they are running the ball with those big linemen.The 8 p.m. ET nationally televised game gives McCaffrey the chance to show his stuff to those early-to-bed Heisman voters.SUPENSIONS: Suspended USC LB Osa Masina was charged with rape Thursday in his native Utah. He and suspended teammate Don Hill are also under investigation for sexual assault in a case near USCs campus.TOUGH STRETCH: The Cardinal had last week off and are entering their toughest stretch of schedule. Trips to UCLA and No. 8 Washington are up next. After a home game against Washington State, Stanford goes to Notre Dame.The Trojans, who bounced back from that Alabama beatdown by thumping Utah State at the Los Angeles Coliseum last week, are now facing back-to-back road games and short rest against two of the most physical teams in the Pac-12. The Trojans are at Utah next Friday.---Follow Ralph D. 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