Sporting News says there needs to be more to the USC vs. UCLA rivalry, while bowl predictions are disappointing. Here’s the USC football roundup for June 26.
Sporting News spent Tuesday looking at the USC vs. UCLA rivalry, where it’s been and where it’s going with Clay Helton and Chip Kelly pitted against each other.
Bill Bender makes the case that the rivalry needs some added weight and something to play for beyond just crosstown bragging rights.
And he’s right about that.
Neither team has been able to capture national relevance with much consistency of late. And inevitably when one has, the other has not been up to par.
In the Pac-12 North, Washington and Stanford have laid the groundwork for epic clashes, but the South has remained a free-for-all. Helton and Kelly could change that, turning the annual late-season contest into a heavy-weight battle.
First, Kelly needs to regain the stature of his Oregon days, transforming UCLA from an underperforming program into a legitimate contender.
Meanwhile, Helton must build on his two 10-win seasons up to this point, proving the Trojans are no paper tiger.
Could that dream rivalry matchup with real meaning come as soon as this year? That, unfortunately, feels unlikely.
PRP depth chart projections
With players absent and battles only just beginning, it’s a tough task to glean USC’s depth chart from player-run practices. But that’s what Garry Paskwietz of WeAreSC.com aimed to do on Tuesday with observations on the current pecking order.
Disappointing bowl predictions
Bowl projections are in from Sporting News and they expect USC to land in the Holiday against Northwestern.
That’s certainly not the kind of projection that will get Trojan fans’ blood pumping, with Washington and Stanford grabbing the more coveted Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl berths respectively.
Su’a Cravens getting emotional
Everson Griffen getting his due
Today’s Trojan Trivia
The USC-UCLA rivalry lately has been all about the streaks. In the last 30 years, the Bruins have had an eight-game and three-game winning streak. The Trojans have enjoyed streaks of seven, five and three games. UCLA’s 2006 win at the Rose Bowl is the only standalone win in the rivalry since 1990.