USC Football kicks off this weekend at the UCLA Bruins at 5:00 p.m. PT. It's the most highly-anticipated crosstown rivalry matchup between the two since 2005. UCLA comes in as the No. 16 team in America, and USC comes in as the No. 7 team in the country. To see this game via a live stream, go right ahead and get a free trial to FuboTV at this link here.
To anyone reading this who has access to cable television, though, simply go over to Fox to see the game. It will be nationally televised, which is important for this conference. It's perhaps the biggest game of the year for the conference. It's most certainly the biggest game of the year for the Trojans. UCLA's the highest-ranked opponent that SC's played to this point (at the time of their games).
Not only that, but if the Trojans take the W, they advance to the PAC-12 Championship game. It's the last PAC-12 game of the year for USC, who plays Notre Dame for their last game of the season after this week. UCLA has one more PAC-12 game after Saturday, but if they don't win this one, their chances at the PAC-12 Title game are in jeopardy.
Luckily for them, they match up very well against the Trojans. UCLA is eighth in the country with 2,400 rushing yards. USC, on the other hand, is 58th in the nation with 1,415 rushing yards allowed this season. The Bruins ran for 260 rushing yards against the Trojans last year, and clearly USC still hasn't fixed their porous rush defense.
USC Football allowed 213 of those rushing yards to QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson and RB Zach Charbonnet last year.
Those two return to the Bruins, and USC Football will have to face off against them again. It's why USC is on upset alert this year, despite being the better team than the Bruins. UCLA poses a tough matchup for them on the road. Especially since they've also added a good receiver in Jake Bobo since their last meeting with USC. Bobo is averaging over 15 yards per reception this year.
On the bright side, though, USC has an even better offense. They're third in the nation with 42.4 points per game, and seventh in the nation with 499.4 total yards per game. The 9-1 Trojans absolutely have a shot against the 8-2 Bruins.