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By Steve Finley
Sports Editor 

It's still UCLA against USC in the Rose Bowl on Saturday

 

December 10, 2020

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USC, led by quarterback Kedon Slovis will battle Washington State at home at the Coliseum on Sunday at 6 p.m. The Trojans are 3-0 and if they win their next two games they will take first place in the Pac-12 Southern Division. After their Saturday game they face the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl on December 12.

The show must go on. There will be no fans at the Rose Bowl because of the coronavirus when UCLA will host USC in their annual football but the excitement that surrounds the game will evident. The Trojans are 4-0 and the Bruins are 3-2.

If the Trojans win, they will be champions of the Pac-12 South Division which means they will play the winner of the North for the overall conference championship. If UCLA wins it will give UCLA head coach Chip Kelly his first winning season in three years at UCLA so there is still a lot at stake on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. The game will be televised on Channel 7.

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The Rams defense, shown here making a play on a Giants running back last month has been very consi UCLA running back Brittian Brown may have to carry the load against the Trojans on Saturday. Photo by George Laase tent in 2020.

On paper, as usual the Trojans have more talent, but you can throw that out the window when it comes to UCLA versus USC in any sport, especially football. Both teams have players that can make big plays, especially at the quarterback position.

USC has one of the best passing quarterbacks in the nation in sophomore in Kedon Slovis and UCLA has one of the best running quarterbacks in the nation in Dorian Thompson-Robinson. If USC can keep him in the passing pocket UCLA might have trouble scoring points.

USC might have the edge at the running back position if UCLA's star running back Demetric Felton Jr. is not healthy. He is one of the top backs in the nation but his back up, Brittain Brown is also exceptionally good.

The Trojans have four running backs that can get the job done. All four backs are different in their own way. Stephen Carr and Markese Stepp combine power and speed, Vavae Malepeai is a power back and when they need speed they turn to Kenan Christon.

Defensively that Trojans have the edge and USC appears to have better receivers but it is UCLA versus USC, anything can happen.

 

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