OK, time to pick the biggest game of the year. Back in the summer, when the Daily News asked me for a prediction for our college football preview, I chose USC and said if the Trojans could not win with a fifth-year senior at quarterback, they might never win.
So much has happened since then at USC, with a coaching change, etc. But whoever is coaching, USC has not won the big games (Stanford, Notre Dame, Oregon). This is a game of that magnitude. I rate it a toss-up. But if I have to choose, I’m going to pick UCLA, 41-34, for two reasons: Jim Mora knows how to win these games and I know what his coaching staff brings. I never know from game to game what USC’s staff brings.
“They hate us. We hate them,” USC linebacker Su’a Cravens said.
The only problem with Cravens’ comment was he made it in 2013, not 2015. Here is what Cravens said this week about the Bruins: “They’re a good team. We’ll play them and do our best to try and stop them and it’s always good to come out with a win.”
The USC-UCLA game has been played on Thanksgiving weekend 16 times prior to this year. USC is 10-6 in those games. The Trojans are also 1-0-1 when the game was played on Thanksgiving in 1936 and 1938. Above is a photo from the 1938 Thanksgiving Day game, which USC (in white) won 42-7.