2013 Game 13: UCLA vs. USC

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No. 22 UCLA Bruins (8-3, 5-3) at No. 23 USC Trojans (9-3, 6-2)

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum at 5 p.m. PT on ABC

Bruin to Watch: Freshman RB/LB Myles Jack

Jack.jpegHe will not be hard to spot.  Jack can be found on nearly every play these days as he pulls double duty as a linebacker and running back.  All season long, he has made an impact on defense as an exceptional cover linebacker with great athleticism going sideline-to-sideline.  He is fourth on the team with 68 tackles.  In the Bruins last three games, Jack has carried the load in the backfield with 6 rushing touchdowns averaging 7.57 yards per carry.

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3 Keys

Take Him Down

USC had no problem putting pressure on Brett Hundley last season, but the UCLA QB is a load to bring down.  At 6-foot-3 and 222 pounds, he is mobile enough to elude tacklers and big enough to ward them off.  With that said, the Bruins have given up 32 sacks this season (111th in the nation), which is an improvement from 2012 when they ranked second to last in the country.  Going up against a young offensive line, Leonard Williams, Devon Kennard and George Uko should be the stars of the game.

Spoke Too Soon

After USC's loss to Washington State in September, UCLA WR Shaquelle Evans said, "Knowing that we're going to beat them again this year ... especially two years ago when they beat us 50-0, we owe them a little bit. This year, we're going to try to embarrass them, honestly."  Well, months later, the momentum has shifted downtown where the Trojans are 7-1 in their last 8 games, and the Bruins have little to show for a once promising season.  Given the tempestuous nature of the rivalry though, this is the biggest match-up in years with the winning school staking a claim to city ownership.

O Knows

While Trojans scoff at Evans comments now, few had faith that USC would be the hottest team in the Pac-12 in the month of November after that home opening loss to the Cougars.  While he continues to spread the credit around, Ed Orgeron has keyed an all-time turnaround with his inspirational leadership.  On Senior Day, going against UCLA, the Trojans have plenty of reasons to win, but none greater than honoring Orgeron.  He has turned misery into magic.

The last time the Bruins entered the Coliseum, they left with a 50-0 defeat.

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