The Pac-12 has one remaining hope to be represented within the College Football Playoff because the convention hopes to finish a five-year drought.
At present sitting at 9-1 on the 12 months, No. 7 USC almost assuredly wants to complete the season 12-1 and win the Pac-12 Championship Sport to be thought-about by the CFP committee.
The Trojans’ three remaining video games might be towards ranked opponents as they play No. 16 UCLA, No. 18 Notre Dame and, greater than doubtless, Oregon or Utah, ought to USC get to the Pac-12 championship sport.
However the Bruins would like nothing more than to spoil USC’s hopes and goals Saturday night time on the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
Coming off a wildly disappointing loss to the Arizona Wildcats in Week 11, UCLA’s playoff hopes have been dashed, however ruining their cross-town rivals’ season would go a good distance for a fanbase that hasn’t had a lot to cheer for over the previous a number of seasons.
For UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, the rivalry with the Trojans is private because the fifth-year senior enters his remaining chapter of the storied sport.
“Clearly, we hate these guys throughout city. It’s a bitter feeling with these guys,” Thompson-Robinson stated Monday. “We need to be even higher (than final 12 months). We need to break 60 and all that stuff. We’re attempting to enhance on the whole lot we’ve finished this 12 months and maximize our sport that approach.”
Thompson-Robinson had six touchdowns in final 12 months’s 62-33 win over the Trojans however might be going through a stiffer problem this season.
USC is led by quarterback Caleb Williams, an Oklahoma switch, who has thrown for 31 touchdowns and simply two interceptions in his first 12 months in LA.
“Caleb has performed not solely in rivalry video games however huge video games with title implications. I like the place our man has been and the battles he has been in,” USC head coach Lincoln Riley stated.
USC will want much more from Williams on Saturday after dropping operating again Travis Dye to a season-ending ankle damage towards Colorado in Week 11.
The rivalry between the 2 colleges dates again to 1929, with USC main the all-time collection, 50-33.
The Related Press contributed to this report.