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UCLA Bruins at USC Trojans: Preview, injuries, how to watch, and more

The Los Angeles City Championship, The Crosstown Showdown, The Battle of L.A., the crosstown rivalry, the UCLA game, whatever you call it, its time to beat the Bruins.

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2017 Game 12: USC vs. UCLA

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

Television: ABC

Radio: Tune in

Live Streaming: Watch ESPN

Game Time Weather: High 60’s no rain slight wind

UCLA-USC football game preview

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.

USC Trojans - UCLA Bruins Preview

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

Keys to the UCLA game

USC Injuries

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

USC Football - 1957 Card Stunt

Further reading:

Early Preview— #12 USC Trojans vs. UCLA Bruins

Matchups to Watch For: UCLA Bruins

USC Trojans vs UCLA Bruins: Keys to The Game

Conquest Chronicles Staff Predictions: #11 USC Trojans vs UCLA Bruins

Pregame Guesses: UCLA Bruin Football vs. Southern Cal Trojans

UCLA at Southern Cal Defensive Preview: Turnovers Will Make All the Difference

UCLA at Southern Cal Coaching and Special Teams Preview: Will Clay Helton Make it 3-0 Versus Jim Mora?

QB Sam Darnold talks UCLA, playing Rosen

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