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 this year. 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. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP Josh Hill Jersey . Clarke was injured while practicing on the Doha Golf Club range after the pro-am on Tuesday. The Northern Irishman arrived at the course on Wednesday hoping to start, but after hitting a few balls on the practice putting green Clarke advised officials he was not fit to play. Marcus Davenport Jersey . 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Parker had 15 points and a career playoff-high 18 assists, Duncan scored San Antonios first six points of overtime and the Spurs bounced back after squandering a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 93-89 on Tuesday night. "I hate that we gave up that big of a lead in that situation," Duncan said. "But we were resilient enough to go to overtime and not let it affect us." Duncan opened the extra period with a layup, and then made a tiebreaking putback on Parkers missed jumper. He then made a runner that bounced high of the back iron and rattled in for a 91-87 lead with 1:08 to play. The Grizzlies had a chance to tie after Jerryd Bayless hit a jumper and Parker missed one of two free throws with 14.6 seconds left, but Bayless 3-pointer from the left wing was off-target. Memphis has fallen behind in all three playoff series so far, including rallying from an 0-2 deficit in the first round against the Los Angeles Clippers. Game 3 is Saturday in Memphis. "Were in the same boat we were when we left L.A. Were down 0-2. Weve got to go home and take care of business at home," coach Lionel Hollins said. "Its not going to be easy, but thats where we are." Bayless and Mike Conley each had 18 points to lead Memphis. Duncan had 17 points and nine rebounds, missing most of the second half with foul trouble before coming up with the key baskets in overtime -- even if it wasnt by design. "It was just what was there more than anything," he said. Memphis stormed back from a 13-point deficit with a 15-2 run over the final 8 minutes of regulation to tie it at 85 on Conleys runner in the lane with 18.2 seconds to play. The Grizzlies got the chance to pull even after Manu Ginobili was called for a flagrant foul for pulling down Tony Allen by his left arm on a fast-break layup try. Allen hit both free throws and Memphis got possession, setting up Conleys tying basket at the end of a string of seven straight Grizzlies points. But Memphis, which trailed by as much as 18 in the second half, could never pull ahead. Up until the final stretch, Parker had been in control for 2 1/2 quarters. Parker kept San Antonio humming along after Duncan went to the bench with four fouls, the last three picked up within a span of 30 seconds, early in the third quarter. Parker provided the assist on the Spurs first seven baskets of the second half, and then scored the next two on mid-range jumpers before getting pulled for a rest with a 72-54 lead. The Grizzlies mounted a 16-6 comeback while Parker was on the bench, getting as close as 78-70 after Zach Randolph scored inside following back-to-back Bayless jumpers. Parker checked back in and soon had the lead growing again, ducking under Darrell Arthur to hit a floater and then knocking down a 3-pointer from the right wing to make it 83-70 with 8:14 to play..ddddddddddddBut then Parker finally went cold, missing five straight shots down the stretch as the Grizzlies rallied back. He had 14 assists in the second and third quarters and went past his career-high for the regular season of 17 during overtime. "He was unbelievable," Duncan said. "I know hes exhausted. We asked a lot of him. He was controlling the ball every time down the floor and he was making every right play there was. "He was finding people, and people knocked down shots for him." After Game 1, Memphis guards outlined a game plan that involved picking up their defence earlier on Parker to keep him from getting into the lane and putting the Grizzlies into the scramble mode that allowed San Antonio to hit a franchise playoff record 14 3-pointers in the opener. It wasnt until late that any of their plans started working. "Hes a Hall of Fame guard, people. Hes been around, hes done great things in his career," Hollins said. "He just controlled the pace and got in the paint, found open guys. ... We battled him, though, and we wound up being in the game." But then, Duncan -- who missed a potential winning jumper from the left wing at the end of regulation -- took over. The Spurs put all five starters in double figures, getting 14 points from Tiago Splitter, 12 from Kawhi Leonard and 11 from Danny Green. Randolph had 15 points and 18 rebounds after a two-point performance in Game 1, his lowest-scoring effort all season. Marc Gasol had 12 points and 14 rebounds. Hollins talked before the game about wanting the Grizzlies -- getting increased attention in their first Western Conference finals appearance -- to avoid being like a boy in junior high school who suddenly decides he needs to change once he gets noticed by a pretty girl. "Were who we are and we have to stay who we are, and we have to understand that no matter whos coming and talking to us, we have to be true to our identity," Hollins said, "and we cant go changing and shaving and taking a bath when we havent taken one all along." Memphis, with the leagues best defence, looked like itself again early on while recovering from a 7-0 hole to turn it into a 15-13 slugfest after the first quarter. But after the Grizzlies went ahead for the first time, San Antonio surged back ahead with seven straight points. Just before halftime, the Spurs asserted control with a 13-0 run and went up 46-31 at the break. Notes: There was a moment of silence before the game recognizing the deadly tornado that hit Moore, Okla., on Monday. ... The Grizzlies missed five shots on their next-to-last possession of the first half. Tony Allens baseline drive was snuffed out by a Leonard block and he also missed the putback before Randolph missed two putback tries -- one of them blocked by Duncan. Tony Wroten then missed the final follow shot. ... Parkers previous career best in the playoffs was 14 assists against Utah on May 22, 2007. Johnny Moore holds the franchise post-season record with 20 against Denver in 1983. ' ' '