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By Steve Finley
Sports Reporter 

Bruins Can Stop Trojans' Climb To The Top on Saturday


November 16, 2017

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USC's Sam Darnold - UCLA's Josh Rosen

When UCLA and USC play each other in any sport the stakes are high and the winner has bragging rights for another year. This years' football game is no different.

Although there is no Rose Bowl game to play for the two teams still serve up some of the best talent in college football.

The Trojans and the Bruins will meet on Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Coliseum. Both teams will feature NFL ready quarterbacks and both teams have something to prove and play for. The 9-2 Trojans have already clinched first place in the Pac-12 South but they need to keep winning to be able to play in a prestigious bowl game and climb up the national rankings. The 5-5 Bruins need a win to stay bowl eligible and keep from falling below .500.

When it is all said and done the game will come down to two major factors, turnovers and the quarterback play. USC's Sam Darnold and UCLA's Josh Rosen will be in the spotlight once again. They are great quarterbacks that will need to play great if they expect to win.

Other factors include defensive play and offensive line play. On paper the Trojans have an edge in both of those categories but when these two teams get together things can change very quickly.

When it comes to coaching the edge goes to USC again. The main reason the edge goes to Clay Helton is he has more talent to work with. If a good coach has more talent than the other team he or she should win the game. UCLA's Jim Mora will have to come up with a great game plan to beat the Trojans.

Having said all of that flip a coin to see who will win the game on Saturday.


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