No. 18 USC vs. No. 17 UCLA
Saturday, 3:00 p.m. Fox
Line: USC -4
A year ago, USC put a 50-0 beat down on rival UCLA, marking the largest margin of victory for either team in this hotly-contested, Southern California rivalry. For both programs it truly was a changing of the guard… just not in the way anyone expected.
For USC it was supposed to be a springboard into a big 2012 season, one which simply hasn’t lived up to expectations. The Trojans have struggled all season long on both sides of the ball and enter this one at just 7-3 overall. Meanwhile last year’s loss also served as a springboard for UCLA-- straight into the Jim Mora era, where the Bruins find themselves at a surprising 8-2 on the season.
The tide appears to turning in Los Angeles, and entering Saturday’s game, something much bigger than pride is on the line: A Pac-12 South title. The winner here will advance to the conference championship game, while the loser, well, they’ll have 12 months ...