The way it lays out for Thanksgiving week on the sports calendar:
THIS WEEK’S BEST BET:
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: UCLA at USC, Coliseum, 5 p.m., Channel 7:
Some of this stuff just doesn’t add upl. There’s the 8-3 Bruins, a pre-season favorite to get back to the Pac-12 championship game but mathematically eliminated now. And there’s the 9-3 Trojans, seemingly mathematically eliminated from anything two months ago but on a run to an improbable post-season bowl game, albeit one not on New Year’s Day, but one more beyond Saturday for sure:
3.5: The point spread favoring the Trojans to win by most early prognosticators.
1997: The last time UCLA won a game at the Coliseum against USC (as the No. 7 Bruins prevailed, 31-24, for the seventh straight year behind conference player of the year Cade McNown. That vaulted the Bruins to a 10-2 finish under Bob Toledo after winning the Cotton Bowl – and starting the season 0-2).
6: Touchdowns in the last three games by Bruins freshman linebacker Myles Jack.
67: Tackles this season by Bruins freshman tailback Myles Jack.
155.6: QB efficiency by Bruins sophomore quarterback Brett Hundley, second best in the conference (22 TDs, 9 INTs).
145.3: QB efficiency by Trojans sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler, sixth best in the conference (15 TDs, 6 INTs).
2: TD receptions this year for USC All-American junior receiver Marqise Lee (third best on the team)
57: Tackles made this year by UCLA All-American senior linebacker Anthony Barr (sixth best on the team)
14 of 20: Field goals made, attempted, by UCLA freshman Ka’imi Fairbairn (missing two of his four last week).
14 of 21: Field goals made, attempted, by USC junior Andre Heidari (making his last three in a row)
46: USC victories in the series
29: UCLA victories in the series
7: Tie games
2: Vacated USC victories because of, well, stuff happening. In 2004 and ’05. We won’t get into it again.
10 years ago: AP’s No. 2 USC wins 47-22 at the Coliseum to advance to the Rose Bowl with Pete Carroll (and that win over Michigan in the Jan. 1 game gave the Trojans’ the AP national championship, not the BCS title).
20 years ago: AP No. 16 UCLA’s 27-21 win over No. 22 USC at the Coliseum sends the Bruins to the Rose Bowl with Terry Donahue.
25 years ago: AP No. 2 USC pulls out a 31-22 win over No. 4 UCLA at the Rose Bowl and advance to the Rose Bowl again on New Year’s Day.
50 years ago: USC, the preseason No. 1 team, salvages a 7-3 season with a 26-6 win in 1963 over the 2-8 Bruins.
93,607: Expected announced crowd in attendance (a sellout).