LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stanford’s annual way-too-early meeting with No. 14 Southern California actually feels overdue this month. That’s because the Pac-12′s two private California schools didn’t face each other at all last year, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. A rivalry dating to 1905 was interrupted for the first time since 1945. With the matchup set to resume at the Coliseum, both schools are grateful their dual commitment to an annual rivalry game with Notre Dame means their own head-to-head matchup is required to be in mid-September. For 11th-year Stanford coach David Shaw, not facing USC last year felt strange.

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