USC vs. UCLA: Pac-12 Battle Looming Large For Both Teams

By Jesse Oakley
Ron Chenoy- USA TODAY Sports

The USC vs. UCLA game has always been huge, but this year it seems to be bigger. USC has been working its way back up the rankings, even if it’s a little late, and UCLA has been having another great season. So what are the implications that come with this game?

For USC it’s to prove they’re still a force to be reckoned with and that UCLA isn’t going to be the one to snap their five-game winning streak. The Trojans became a team on a mission ever since Lane Kiffin was fired. They’ve been rattling off wins like they were expected to at the beginning of the season. USC is back from the dead and on a mission of  Pac- 12 vengeance.

For UCLA, it’s to prove that they’re the best in Los Angeles and that a USC team riding quite the high isn’t going to derail a hope for a good bowl game. The Bruins are currently ranked No. 22, right above USC at No. 23. Whoever wins this one is going to jump the other for the better bowl. UCLA is looking to continue its overlooked dominance in a win that will prove huge for not only the Bruins but for their entire program.

This year it’s not just for bragging rights. Whoever wins this game will get the higher ranking, better bowl game, and prove who really is better. Will USC’s five-game winning streak best UCLA’s drive and desire to beat its biggest rival, or will UCLA put USC where they think it belongs — out of the rankings and losing? The USC-UCLA game has always been historic, but this year it’s bigger and better than ever.

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