A year ago, Matt Barkley and Southern California walloped UCLA to extend their dominance of the Victory Bell.
The Bruins would like to return the favor as they try to continue their return to national relevance.
Meeting for the first time as ranked opponents in seven years, the No. 21 Trojans look to beat No. 17 UCLA for the 13th time in 14 tries Saturday with the Pac-12 South Division title on the line.
Barkley completed 35 of 42 passes for 423 yards with a career high-tying six touchdowns to lead Southern California (7-3, 5-3) to a 50-0 romp of UCLA last November. It was the most lopsided result between the Los Angeles rivals since 1930, and extended the Trojans' winning streak in the series to five games.
Their dominance in that stretch includes outscoring the Bruins 158-35 while averaging 459.6 yards offensively.
Extending the run would give USC a berth in the Pac-12 championship game on Nov. 30. That's seen as a source of solace for coach Lane Kiffin as Southern California...