UCLA Bruins (5-5 overall) (3-4 conf.) at USC Trojans (9-2 overall) (7-1 conf.)
Start time: Saturday, November 18, 5:00 p.m. PST
Location: Los Angeles Coliseum - Los Angeles, California
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Live Streaming: Watch ESPN
Game Time Weather: High 60’s no rain slight wind
What’s on the line for USC and UCLA today:
First the Victory Bell is on the line along with bragging rights, pride, and the opportunity to stomp the Bruins. This is a big recruiting weekend for both schools. The players for both schools also will get the chance to see and compete against their high school teammates and rivals.
USC won the Pac-12 South last week against Colorado securing their spot in the Pac-12 Championship game. The prediction models are giving the Trojans a minuscule chance at making the College Football Playoff like FiveThirtyEight.com giving USC a 7% chance to make the CFP. The Trojans have the opportunity to tune things up and head into the bye week with momentum.
UCLA, however, is a bit more desperate. With a 5-5 record coming into the game the Bruins need one more win to become bowl eligible which seems much more likely to occur next week when they host Cal. UCLA coach Jim Mora’s continued employment would almost certainly have to be considered after this game. A win over USC, historically, may be good enough to keep his job. An 11 million dollar buyout also might help Mora stay put.
Historical results and statistical trends:
- Series History: USC leads 48–31–7
- Last time in the Coliseum (2015): USC - 40, Colorado - 21
- Last time in Westwood (2016): USC - 36, UCLA - 14
- Recent Trends: USC is 14-4 in the last 18 meetings. Of UCLA’s 4 wins in the game 3 happened while the Trojans’ were feeling the impact of the NCAA sanctions.
- UCLA has not won a single true road game this season (their comeback win over Texas A&M occured on a neutral field).
- USC has not lost at home under Clay Helton
Probable but not 100%: CB Iman Marshall; DL Rasheem Green; RB Stephen Carr; K Chase McGrath; OLB Uchenna Nwosu; TE Tyler Petite; DL Christian Rector; QB Matt Fink;
Questionable: OLB Juliano Falaniko; OLB Connor Murphy; DL Jacob Lichtenstein
Doubtful: OLB Porter Gustin
Out For Game: OLB Hunter Echols; OT Nathan Smith; RB James Toland
Out for season: LB Tayler Katoa, OL Viane Talamaivao, CB Jonathan Lockett, DL Marlon Tuipulotu, DL Kenny Bigelow, S Isaiah Pola-Mao, CB Greg Johnson, WR Keyshawn “Pie” Young, K Michael Brown
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