What to know when UCLA vs USC Rumble at the Rose Bowl – NBC Los Angeles

USC and UCLA renew their rivalry on Saturday with more than one victory bell at stake.

The Trojans entered the clash ranked No. 7. The Bruins were ranked No. 16.

The Trojans (9-1, 7-1 Pac-12, No. 7 CFP) could secure a spot in the Pac-12 major game with a win, which would also bring them one step closer to reaching the College Football Playoff in coach Lincoln Riley’s first season. .

The Bruins (8-2, 5-2, No. 16 CFP), who need help playing in the conference championship after losing 34-28 to Arizona last week, are looking to repeat their emphatic 62-33 defeat of the Trojans from last season against the Big Ten. Crowd for the season at the Rose Bowl.

Here’s what you should know about the game.

When is the USC-UCLA football game?

Kick-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the Rose Bowl. The game will be broadcast on FOX. USC leads the series 51-33-7.

What are the stakes for the Trojans and Bruins?

The City of Angels’ bragging rights aren’t the only thing at stake, as the Trojans will earn a spot in the Pac-12 major game with a win over the Bruins. USC will also maintain its path to the College Football Playoff, highlighting how dramatic the turnaround in Lincoln Riley’s first season in charge was. UCLA lost control on the way to Las Vegas with a shocking 34-28 loss to Arizona, but holding onto the victory bell for another year should soften that blow.

What are the main matches?

USC QB Caleb Williams against UCLA’s pass rush. The Bruins were shredded by Wildcats QB Jayden de Laura when he extended plays and gave his receivers more time to open up, and that’s arguably the biggest strength of the electrified Williams. UCLA should contain and take on a sophomore when it has the opportunity. If edge runners Laiatu Latu (9 1/2 tackles for loss, eight sacks) and Grayson Murphy (nine TFLs, five sacks) aren’t up to the task, Williams will add to his 3,010 passing yards and a Pac-12-best 31 touchdowns against two interceptions.

Who are the players to watch?

USCRB Austin Jones took over as the main tailback after Travis Dye suffered a season-ending ankle injury in last week’s 55-17 win over Colorado, rushing for 74 yards and catching four passes for 39 yards with a touchdown. The Stanford transfer will have to show all sides of its game in replacing the slick hunk, spelled out by dynamic freshman Ralek Brown and speedy former TCU regular Darwin Barlow.

University of California: QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson wasn’t at his best against the Wildcats, throwing for 245 yards and one touchdown while grabbing three sacks. His inability to hit the track as a runner, netting 24 yards on 11 carries, might give the Trojans a template to copy. Thompson-Robinson had his standout performance against USC last season, accounting for 395 yards and six touchdowns in a 62-33 win.

did you know?

  • The 62 points the Trojans allowed in the rivalry game last season tied the worst defensive performance in school history. Bruins coach Chip Kelly led Oregon to 62 points in the Coliseum when he was with the Ducks in 2012.
  • UCLA had its streak of scoring 30 or more points in 12 consecutive games snapped by Arizona. The loss also ended an eight-game Rose Bowl streak.
  • USC LB Eric Gentry may return after missing the past three games with an ankle injury. The Arizona transfer has 52 tackles, 2 1/2 TFL’s, 1 sack, 1 interception, and a forced fumble in seven games.
  • Bruins RB Zach Charbonnet ran for 167 yards and a touchdown against the Trojans last season. He’s rushed for at least 100 yards in seven of his eight games this season, including all six conference games he’s played in.
  • The USC passing game should have its full allocation of wide receivers available. Pittsburgh’s 2021 Biletnikoff Award winner Jordan Addison returned from a lower-body injury to make one reception for two yards against Colorado on a rushing count. Mario Williams, who is second on the team in touchdown receptions and third in receiving yards and yards, has missed the past three games due to an undisclosed injury.
  • UCLA allowed four touchdowns on six red zone possessions by Arizona, continuing a worrying trend over the course of the season. The defense made three stops inside the 20 without allowing points, surrendering 25 touchdowns on 37 chances. In Pac-12 play, opponents score touchdowns 70% of the time (21 of 30).
  • Caleb Williams threw a touchdown pass to 12 different receivers. He has also run for six touchdowns.
  • The Trojans and Bruins will play in front of fans in the Rose Bowl for the first time since 2018. USC’s last-second 43-38 win in 2020 was in an empty stadium due to pandemic attendance restrictions. UCLA expects a season-high crowd of 70,865, including the largest ever student section of over 16,000.

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