With 11 weeks of college football in the books, there is a clash between two programs from the Pac-12. The UCLA Bruins are currently 5-5 and are looking to clinch a spot in a bowl game this season. UCLA has won one their its last three games and is looking for a victory over their in-state rival. As for USC, the Trojans are currently 9-2 with their both losses coming at the hands of ranked foes. Both teams are practically eliminated from college football playoff picture but a win against a state rival is always priceless.
The UCLA Bruins started off their season with an insane comeback victory against Texas A&M and a dominating performance against Hawaii. However, the team has struggled since then due to the abysmal performance of its defense. UCLA’s defense gives up over 38 points per game and is one of the worst teams in all of college football at stopping the run. UCLA’s defense has gotten exposed time and time again in conference play and could easily get exposed again on Saturday by this USC offense.
UCLA’s success is due to star quarterback Josh Rosen. So far this season, Rosen has thrown for 21 touchdowns and only nine interceptions along with over 3,000 yards passing in just nine games. Rosen entered the season with the hopes of being a top pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. If Rosen continues to play like he has this season, he will be a lock to be selected in the top five picks of the 2018 NFL Draft.
USC’s success is due to star quarterback Sam Darnold. Last season, Darnold threw for 31 touchdowns and over 3000 yards. Darnold was the catalyst for the Rose Bowl victory over Penn State as he threw for over 450 yards and five touchdowns. However, Darnold has had some turnover issues this season. Despite throwing for 24 touchdowns this season, he has also thrown 11 interceptions. With UCLA’s potent offense, Darnold cannot afford to turn the ball over and give Josh Rosen more possessions.
As for my prediction, I have to side with USC. Although Rosen is a great quarterback, I think that USC is the better all-around team. I expect UCLA’s defense to give up a ton of points as USC wins in convincing fashion.
UCLA vs. USC: Game Time, TV Channel & Viewing Details
Event: UCLA vs. USC
Date: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Start Time: 8:00 P.M. EST
Location: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA
How to Watch UCLA vs. USC: Game Time, TV Channel & Viewing Details On Your Tablet Or Mobile Device
You can live stream the game on the ABC app.