A Less-Hyped USC-UCLA Game Kicks Off At 5 p.m.

The most-hyped USC-UCLA game since 1988 is no more after the Bruins lost to Arizona, 34-28.

But the start time is known: It will be at 5 p.m. and on Fox Network.

The game won’t be hyped for College Football Playoff implications. USC is the only team left in the Pac-12 with a chance because the Trojans have only one loss, unlike Oregon, Utah and UCLA.

But hey, Johnny Nansen is happy tonight! And Jedd the Fisch.

There are five teams that can still win the Pac-12: USC, UCLA, Oregon, Washington and Utah.

96 thoughts on “A Less-Hyped USC-UCLA Game Kicks Off At 5 p.m.

    1. MY WHOLE ENTIRE LIFE THOSE RUINS DO NOTHING BUT ROLL OVER AND GO BELLY UP
      DAMNED IF THEY DIDNT DO IT AGAIN
      SAME OLD PUSSY CHOKERS
      POWDER BLUE PISS 🐜 ANTS
      CHIP KELLY IS A GOOD FIT TO COACH THESE WHINING CRYBABIES !!
      SCREW THEM AND
      PUT THEM TO SLEEP NEXT WEEK
      PISS 🐜 ANT CHOKERS DIE !!!!!!!

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      1. You senile auld fart TIRESHIT, if you can read this, I’m not making any excuses for UCLA’s excretable performance. We lost, cause we deserved it.

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      1. I just sent CM90’s mom to the store to break change of a nickel for her services rendered last night.

        I don’t think she’s coming back, it’s okay, she looks like she could use the money…she more than earned it.

        LOL!

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    2. I revise my earlier prediction, I now only have UCLA blowing out the Ladies of Troy by 24 pts.

      Down from 25 or 26 pts. I think I stated earlier

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  1. Those little girls from sucla choke again. Why they keep Chipper is unknown. We all know it will shut the asshole up for a while.

    LMAO, SUCLA WHAT A JOKE

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    1. They’re always a joke, steveg —but unfortunately they are now an angry joke looking for revenge… [that needs to be mercy-killed next Saturday]….
      #…ForTheirOwnGood

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      1. Michael, Tirebiter, Pudly76, Gabby, SoCal, ’67, Charles, Steveg, tommyd, Parcel, Pasadena, Wolcott/LawyerJohn and all those I’ve failed to mention…

        We’ve been through so many rivalry games.
        For me, it started in 1969. Glad I chose the right school at age 8.

        Throw everything out.
        Even though Chipper and Riles are not long time USC/UCLA rivals,
        and even though neither team is loaded with long-time SoCal rivals,*
        “it’s gonna be a barnburner (with thanks to the late Keith Jackson).”

        For 50+ years this has been my November.
        Great to be alive. Always great to be a Trojan.

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      2. *Remember when brothers would be on either side of the field playing versus each other? The MacDonald brothers, etc. High School teammates and rivals from So Cal playing against each other?
        Damn, I opine for those days.

        I’m glad Chip and the bru-babies are back and sporty.
        Stock up on the anti-acids for Saturday. Gonna need ’em!

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      3. …Leftwich, OakTown, Dittman, Carra, gamer, ibraney, rialto, global, Joan Levis…
        (just adding to this list).

        …and, of course, Wolf who sets the table for all of us.

        Just love rivalry week. Wish I lived in LA…if only for this month.

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      4. Thanks for the shout out to all our guys, Bourbon — and, forgive me I can’t remember the spelling of her name, but I think it’s Carrie —she’s great too…
        #…And,Yes,Always:TheIndefatigableScottWolf

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      5. Phoenix or Nicholson?
        #OrCaesarRomero?
        [btw, All time Hollywood Squares answer:
        Peter Marshall: Name the world’s oldest sport.
        Paul Lynde: Caesar Romero]…

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    2. Little gutties are eating “crow” again this morning……Same old shit year after year!

      But hey, that game went down on their scoresheet as another moral victory….they were in it to the final seconds…..BULLSHIT!

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    3. Is there any conference in the country that has more talent at the QB position than the PAC12?

      QB play across the board has been outstanding…..Penix might have the best arm in college football….he’s fun to watch

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      1. Depending upon what you follow (it’s FPI for me), about 6 of the top 20 offenses are in the Pac 12.

        (also just might mean that 9 of the worst defenses are in the Pac. I dunno).

        Penix
        Bo Nix
        Caleb
        DTR
        De Lauria
        Rising
        Jaden Daniels (oops, he went to LSU…)

        Heck, Plummer and the kid from Stanford are both pretty good.

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      2. MG…I’m not sure if I have this right. But since UCLA takes public funding, leaving the conference must be approved by a high power than just the school governing body.

        Do you have any knowledge related to that?

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      3. Gabby,
        All I know is: If the higher power is pretty boy Gov Gav, UCLA will play in front of 2700 fans at the Rose Bowl for the rest of eternity….

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  2. I was glad to see Oregon lose. I have never liked Oregon much. They are the Calvin Kleins of NCAA football. But I’m not so sure I was glad to see UCLA lose. I would have preferred that they struggle but win a close one. Losing this game will just make them come out next week at the Rose Bowl with fire in their nostrils because they don’t want to lose 2 in a row.Maybe the loss of Travis Dye will turn out to be more positive than we thought if the trojans take the attitude……”play the rest of this season for Travis”.

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    1. Very smart observation. The best pre-game scenario was USC staying healthy in a low scoring, unimpressive win w/subs and UCLA winning an exhausting bruiser in triple overtime….
      #Now…ForTheEntireWeek….
      #…ChipIsGonnaBeTellingHisTeamTheyHaveToRedeemThemselves

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    2. Parcel….From a betting angle, these are 18to 22 old kids, and it’s hard to handicap their mindset(emotions are tricky)….things can easily go the opposite of your prediction.

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      1. I guess SC has as good of a chance to win as UCLA. A lot depends upon how the ball bounces. But I’m not overly confident about the UCLA game. I have a lot more confidence in the ND game. ND is rated about 20 in the nation and that’s where they should be. I’m not overly impressed about ND.

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    3. “nothing gets between me and my Calvin Kleins.”–Brooke Shields, 1970’s.

      I’m still laughing.

      DAMN DID I ENJOY WATCHING ALL THOSE pretend football fans lose up at Autzen yesterday. Quiet as hell. A school with no heritage of winning football–and a school with no heritage of educating America’s leaders–shown for “what they are.” Pretenders. Frontrunners. Stylish losers. The #370 (out of 780) ranked academic university in America.

      Me? I like my Levi’s shrink to fit 501 button fly jeans. Since age 10–1971 or 2. No Calvin Kleins for me.

      The Ducks had a clear pathway to the CFB playoff. UCLA, UW, Utah all at home. A winnable game a few miles down the road in Corvallis–where max cap’y is about 27,000 due to construction. A trip to Vegas for a tester Neutral site game.

      A school for losers and frontrunner pretenders.
      What a great Sunday!

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      1. As a kid, I recall when Levi bell bottoms were in style…like you, my favorite was a broken-in pair of shrink-to-fit 501s….the bottom fly set them apart. The more times they were washed the better

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      2. I love it when Oregon gets beat. Uncle Phil tells all the recruits “come to Oregon and you can party and smoke a lot of weed and I’ll personally give you a roll of bills and you’ll get a degree from Oregon without even having to study”(although I’m not sure how much that is worth).

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    4. The Oregon loss was really the one that ensured that USC would be in the Pac-12 championship if they beat UCLA. Now it does not matter if Utah or Oregon wins that game next week.

      I hate to think that the Dye injury is a positive for USC, but you might be right

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      1. You definitely lose when you lose a player like Dye but I’m really not sure how much. Those 3 guys behind him are really good running backs.

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    5. parcel,

      U Clowns Of L.A. have to play USC. Don’t you think that SC doesn’t want revenge for the game last year? If I am an olinman, Im telling Jones to run right beehind me because of what happened last year and that I will open holes.

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      1. I’m hoping revenge will be a factor but a lot of these guys weren’t there last year to experience that massacre

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  3. well, what a fine kettle of fish this is,Oregon is 1 loss in conference,as is SC.Both could have 1 loss after next wk’nd,or 2,just like ucla and Wash and utah…throw in the new system to determine playoff it gets complicated unless SC WINS VS ucla,they are in.

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      1. Good point, Gabby — but I’ve noticed that on most of the scoring TD’s [and all the 2 point conversions] that came off runs we got our hands on the runner …but…. failed to wrap up….
        #TACKLE!

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      2. Thanks for pointing that out!. I went and relistened to the podcast where that info came from. The guy was actually referencing “USC” and their offensive efficiency in the Red zone. The statistic is really good…..15 TDs scored in our last 16 trips inside the red zone….

        My bad….. I’m starting to sound like slo cal(maybe not that bad)

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      3. Maybe I’m reading this thing wrong. It clearly says Red Zone defense up on top. Then it says 42 Opp RZATT. I’m assuming that means Opponents Red Zone Attempts. At the end it says 32 Opp RZSCORES. That means the opponents scores 76.2 % of the time when they reached the SC red zone. The leader was SD State with 65.6% scores. Maybe I’m just reading this thing wrong

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  4. We are In first place in the PAC-12. We have our own destiny in our hands. This is the best possible scenario, so being anything less than thrilled is not appropriate. We have 2 extremely great legendary regular season rivalry games coming up, the possibility of the conference championship game and then a terrific bowl game. This is a fine time to be a Trojan!

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  5. I don’t buy the idea that sucla losing to Arizona was bad news for SC inasmuch as the Westwooders will come in smoking mad; their confidence has been shaken and even beating SC does not assure them of being in the Pac12 Championship game if they should then lose to Cal up North while Washington wins out

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    1. Good counterpoint, John. And add this: USC knows it’s probably the only team in the crazy Pac that can get into the playoffs. That should be motivation enough.

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    1. Actually Charles aka CR SC does not Need Oregon to beat Utah anymore with the Duck’s quaking at the sight of those tough Huskies
      SC is “in” with a victory over You-know-Who and the Trojans could still back-door in with a loss to sucla as follows:
      sucla beats SC
      sucla then loses to Cal
      Washington then loses to Washington St
      And here is where Charles, sorry force of habit, is right on the money because Oregon Needs to beat Urah err Utah

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  6. One week at a time….???

    Surprises happen in CFB, but I never saw UCLA losing to the Fighting Fisch.

    Irrespective, rivalry week is on.

    The two offenses are equally matched.
    Drevno, who no one on this site really liked, has coached up a pretty good looking O-line at UCLA. Without Gentry (GoForth got some reps in on Friday), USC and ‘Zona’s defense are pretty similar. So expect 450-500 yards from DTR and Charbonnet. DTR plays with a lot of heart, so expect him to shine in his last Home game. Chip is a great offensive schemer and has a ton of “DIPSY-DOODLE” plays and a QB who has been in the system for all 5 years. UCLA will put up 40+ points. The only way USC wins is by getting a few stops on 3rd and long/4th and short. (I only watched the first half of UCLA ZONA, but Zona got some stops on 3rd and 4th down. Way to go Nansen!)

    As of today, UCLA’s defense ranks #78 out of 128 (per the computer). Chad Kau ha a a, who no one on this site really like, has not coached up much in his year at UCLA.
    USC defense, after a better night vs CU is ranked #68. We were average at about #50 when Gentry and others were all together. We are all hoping that Tuli–and maybe Fig–have MEMORABLE NIGHTS at the Rose Bowl. The kinda nights where legends are made. If GEntry can just drop back and disrupt the crossing patterns (TE, etc) and spy on DTR and keep his scramble yds down, USC wins. He is not in game shape and not ready for 80 snaps…

    Everyone here thinks a ST coach is imperative, and UCLA has a real ST coach! Per the Computer (ESPN FPI), UCLA’s special teams ranks #122 out of 128. USC, without a ST coach, is at #69. Hmmm.

    We will all put in our marks for a score on Friday/Sat, but I’m leaning toward 45-42. I’ll give my Bourbon pick later this week!

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    1. Add 20 points to both sides and you have Scott’s score, Bourbon —but Scott won’t tell us who gets the 65 and who gets the 62…..
      #IWill…
      #USCGetsThe65

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  7. …prior to retiring last night, and with Zona in the lead at the half and USC beating CU on Friday, I enjoyed a fine little sip of Orphan Barrel “Fable and Folly” 14 year blend. A rare bird, indeed.

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  8. Bourbon mentioned the great Keith Jackson…..here is one of my favorite quotes from him:

    “I think college football is a reflection of Middle America. You go into a college football town, and you will find three generations of a family sitting together. It’s a rallying point for the university, the community, and the families.”

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    1. …I learnt that lesson in San D-freakin-ego when Iowa came to town for a meaningless Holiday Bowl game.

      Sat on the train from Downtown to Jack Murphy stadium with Iowa fans filling it up. Three and four generations of Hawkeyes in full regalia. Heck, even the old grannies had hawkeye face paint on (not pretty). All the little kids had hawks on their face. They were very gracious people and enjoyed thumping USC.

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      1. Wasn’t that payback for what happened in the Orange Bowl back in 2003? By the start of the 4th qtr all you saw was an unending gaggle of yellow and black centipedes heading for the exits

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  9. Anyone do a welfare check on the Bruin poster (refuse to call him by name)? The neighborhood sure has improved without his lame comments.

    Who the heck would think after being 4 and 8, that USC is playing for a conference title let alone a berth in CFP?

    Do not want to hear about this years soft schedule. You have to win the games on your schedule. UCLA was 20 point home favorite and Oregon was 12 point home favorite. They both failed.

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  10. Sorry but I am obsessed with the idea that SC could land that
    No. 4 Spot in the “Final-4” if Troy can bring home the ‘Trifecta,’ now looking like more of a possibility after the Ducks’ and sucla’s failings

    So say SC gets by the 3 games and the Trojans might be favored in all
    What are the Trojans’ odds of getting an invite to the “Final-4?”
    I say 3 spots are already taken by Georgia, Ohio St-Michigan winner, Ohio St-Michigan loser, the thinking being that both those teams are the best 1-Loss teams in the nation.

    So only the No. 4 Spot is open and the only competition I see is between TCU and USC, with the others having been eliminated as previously explained.

    That is worthy of repeating, if TCU loses 1 of their remaining difficult 2-games I believe SC gets that No. 4 Spot!– And you wonder why I am beside myself with the possibilities which seems most Trojans
    underestimated

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    1. Tennessee has a better win than USC. USC has to prove they can compete with the top five and that defense is not a good as Tennessee defense. Plus Michigan can lose to the Buckeyes and beat out USC. Why? They made the playoffs last year and should meet Ohio St on a neutral field.

      USC has to keep the Bruins or the Irish to ten points or less-and win to make a case for CFP consideration.

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    1. That’s Cal75 in the picture….ouch!…. Back in the day when he was in his prime, pulling tricks in the Castro.

      (Is that John Daly with the super mullet?….sweet!)

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      1. you sound butt-hurt when Garland took trump’s stolen trophies back…..If Joe or Hunter pulled this shit, and Garland acted, you would be praising the DOJ and FBI……

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  11. LJ agree with you, but we always know the CFP COMMITTEE, has a bias towards SEC, just look at this scenario which said on previous post. LSU for some wack reason upsets the DAWGS, then you would have the CFP Committee take a 3 loss LSU and Georgia taking a spot Ohio St Mich winner and TCU. Georgia would get the nod based SOS n SEC Bias. LJ I’m an optimistic person, but if you don’t play your best game each and every week you will be like SUCLA n Quacks looking like you lost your game on Elsegundo n Knight Blvd. Watch how ESPN pundits talk about how devastating the losses of Oregon SUCLA are for the PAC12 chances of making CFP. The most important thing we have to do is pass the Committee eye test period.

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  12. The old saying that season records and past wins go out the window for this game will be true. Ucla may look beatable, but they still have some legitimate stars.
    USC have a vengeance motive and a reward motive, but Ucla will have a move forward and prove themselves motive.
    More hyped not less hyped. Still a battle for city pride anybody who thinks less has not been around for very long. Ucla still has some impressive streaks in this series, don’t underestimate them (until after we kick them to the curb)

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  13. Chip Kelly has paid the price for being too basic against Arizona. Fact is, USC beat Arizona missing three offensive starters and their starting MLB. On the road. With a true sophomore QB. UCLA choked against same squad, fully healthy, at home with a chance to use what USC did to beat the Wildcats.

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