UCLA vs. USC: Game time, live stream, TV coverage. In one of college football’s classic rivalries, the USC Trojans defended their home turf and upset the UCLA Bruins 40-21 to stake their claim to a spot in the Pac-12 title game. Cody Kessler was brilliant, as was Adoree Jackson for the Trojans, who were in total control throughout the second half. Click Here
Since August, UCLA has been up and down, losing lopsided games to Arizona State and Stanford, but also knocking off ranked Cal and Utah teams on either side of a close loss to Washington State. USC, which fired head coach Steve Sarkisian in October after a messy start to its season, appeared to have rallied around interim head coach Clay Helton, clicking off four straight wins — but then the Trojans got vivisected by Oregon last Saturday.
So, no, neither of these teams is playing for a College Football Playoff berth or anything like that. But all but one of their combined six conference losses came to Pac-12 North teams, leaving the Bruins and Trojans tied atop the Pac-12 South. Saturday’s victor will play for a Pac-12 title, and an improbable Rose Bowl appearance.
This new chapter of their heated rivalry is about more than winning that Victory Bell.
How to watch, stream and listen
TV: 3:30 ET, ABC/ESPN2
Radio: UCLA, USC
Online streaming: WatchESPN
Spread: USC is favored by three points.
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UCLA will travel to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to face the USC Trojans for a spot in the PAC-12 title game against Stanford.
Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen threw for 220 yards and a touchdown to defeat Utah 17-9 last weekend. Running back Paul Perkins added 98 yards on the ground along with a touchdown. Receiver Jordan Payton caught seven passed for 105 receiving yards.
Trojans quarterback Cody Kessler has never defeated UCLA. He is coming off a 248 yard performance in a loss to Oregon. He completed 30 of 41 passes. Receiver JuJu Smith expects to return to action despite not being at full health. He is averaging 110 receiving yards per game and has 10 touchdowns on the year.