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By Steve Finley
Sports Editor 

Bruins, Trojans Need to Rebound from Losses

 

September 19, 2019

George Laase

USC's Tyler Vaughns has caught 23 passes for 321 yards and one touchdown in the Trojans first three games.

Although it's still early in the season the UCLA Bruins and the USC Trojans are facing some must win games during the next few weeks. Both teams were defeated last Saturday. The Bruins fell to 0-3 when they were beaten by an outstanding Oklahoma team 48-14 and the 2-1 Trojans fell to BYU in overtime 30-27.

Both teams have tough schedules and that's why the next few weeks will make or break their seasons. The Pac-12 appears to better this year because six teams are ranked in the top 25 in the nation and those teams are not UCLA and USC.

On Friday night at 6 p.m. the Trojans will play No. 10 ranked Utah at the United Airlines Field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Saturday the Bruins will travel to Pullman Washington to face the No. 19 rated Washington State Cougars at 7:30 p.m.

The other Pac-12 schools that are ranked in the top 25 are No. 16 Oregon, No. 22 Washington, No. 23 California and Arizona State is No. 24. USC has one of the toughest schedules in the nation. After the Utah contest they travel to Washington on September 28 and to No. 7 Notre Dame on October 12.

George Laase

UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson gets ready to throw a pass against Oklahoma last Saturday at the Rose Bowl.

The Trojans are hoping to upset Utah at home but the Bruins are looking like one of the worse teams in UCLA history. "I think it's a consistent thing," said Bruins head coach Chip Kelly after their loss to Oklahoma. "We are just too inconsistent as a group. We have to grow and get better as a team. There are things we can build on and there are things we need to clean up."

Even if the Bruins clean some of their mistakes they still appear to be lacking one key element to be successful. They need more talent at every position. "Anytime you lose it's difficult," said Kelly. "No one is going to feel sorry for us and we don't feel sorry for ourselves."

Kelly continued to say, "We make big plays then we shoot ourselves in the foot. We are a young football team and we knew that going into the season. We will continue to battle. When you are facing adversity you have to stick together. The players in that locker room love each other and the coaches love the players."

 

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