The crosstown showdown between USC and UCLA has big implications, as a trip to the Pac-12 title game is at stake.
USC fans hoped the issues the Trojans showed early in the season would eventually fix themselves, but USC's loss to UCLA, its fourth this season, served to further expose those shortcomings.
Wes Horton's father went to UCLA, which gives USC defensive end Wes Horton a great appreciation for playing, and emerging victorious, in the crosstown rivalry game.
There will be more than bragging rights on the line when USC and UCLA square off on Saturday. It's reminiscient of 2002, when the Trojans scored a decisive victory.
A big win over Arizona State, led by the beleaguered defense, has USC feeling good heading into a huge showdown with rival UCLA.
With less than three months before the opening of the 2012 season, WeAreSC takes a preliminary look at the Trojans' schedule.
Two days after the Trojans received a verbal commitment from running back Ty Isaac (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic), USC landed another tailback, as Justin Davis (Stockton, Calif./Lincoln) announced his commitment to the Trojans on Thursday.
By beating UCLA 50-0 with nothing at stake but pride, USC sent a message to their fans and the rest of the Pac-12 that Troy has not fallen.
Sophomore Robert Woods and freshman Marqise Lee rank as perhaps the best wide receiver duo in USC history. The records they set certainly would back that up.
Shane and Wes Horton have been on the same team for practically their whole life and are cherishing one last moment as teammates.
Not only does the USC-UCLA rivalry divide Los Angeles, but it also divides the households of some players.
This week's Roundtable discusses the panel's favorite memories from the USC-UCLA rivalry.
With a powerful running game and savvy quarterback play against UCLA, Texas' offense is laying a foundation for success the rest of the season.
Texas' defense has stood tall so far in 2011, and the biggest factor in that success has been trust.
Last season's 34-12 loss to UCLA showed many of Texas' issues. Now that loss is being used as a rallying point for the Longhorns.