After a slow start to the season, the USC Trojans have been red-hot ever since they have rid themselves of former head coach Lane Kiffin and placed their trust in interim coach Ed Orgeron. Since Kiffin’s firing, the Trojans are 6-1 and look like a completely different team.
On the other side of the field, it looks like the UCLA Bruins are playing for a solid record right now because they are no longer in the Pac-12 race despite being one of the top teams in the conference. It looks like a tough schedule got the best of the Bruins and that might help them against USC.
The Trojans have been much-improved on offense since the beginning of the season when they were struggling to find a solid starting quarterback. Cody Kessler has won the job and he has also proven that he deserves to keep it, passing for 2,449 yards and 15 touchdowns for the 72nd-ranked passing offense. Marquise Lee has come on as of late as well after a slow start to the season, catching 44 passes for 604 yards and two touchdowns — proving that he is one of the best wide outs in the nation.
The Bruins have been the epitome of consistent on offense this season as Brett Hundley is a Heisman-worthy quarterback who has passed for 2,637 yards and 22 touchdowns on the season. He is having a solid sophomore campaign and might want to stick around before declaring for the draft in the spring. Shaquelle Evans leads all receivers with 604 yards and eight touchdowns and has been a solid target for Hundley.
Defensively, UCLA has been average this season, ranking 50th in the nation in points allowed as well as ranking 57th in yards allowed per contest. On the other hand, USC has been stellar, ranking 17th in points allowed per contest while ranking 13th in yards allowed per game.
The UCLA Bruins will travel to USC to take on the Trojans at 8 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 30. The game will be broadcasted on ABC.
PREDICTION: UCLA 24, USC 31