What does latest edition of USC rivalry mean for UCLA?

— Linebacker Anthony Barr, on Saturday’s game: “It’s Southern Cal. If you can’t get up for this one, you don’t belong in the locker room. Pack your bags. Go home. We don’t want you.” But how much, if it at all, would a win make up for the lost chance at a Rose Bowl berth?

— Columnist Tom Hoffarth takes a look at rivalry implications on both sides, featuring this line: “Call it the Coach O Bowl for USC, if you like. Or it’s the Oh-No-You-Don’t Bowl for UCLA.”

  • LTEfan

    How many Bruins fans seriously thought after the decisive losses at Stanford and Oregon that UCLA was good enough this year to win the conference? That would have involved winning the title game in Palo Alto or Eugene. Not very likely, especially with three true freshmen having to play on the OL. So, of course beating USC at the Coliseum would be huge for the program. It would mean UCLA going to whichever bowl game with a chance to finish with 10 wins. Losing to ASU was disappointing, but it is done, move on and finish with a winning streak, unlike last season.

    • Joe Blow

      You guys are laughable. All year long the next game including Oregon and Stanford have just been another game. Now the USC game is everything. Top 15 program all your long versus a non-ranked opponent and now it’s a huge accomplishment for the program if you win. That’s what’s funny about UCLA football. You compare your program to SC and are happy about it. Bad news for you this SC teamis not very good. Yet you’re a static if you can beat up on a marginal opponent. With all the great players you had this year you should have been favored by 10. Now you all are backpedaling hoping you can squeeze out a victory. Laughable. That is why you’ll never be recognized as a national program and football by the nation let alone Los Angeles.

      • EncinitasBruin

        You are so smart, Joe. What would we all do without your logic?

        • Joe Blow

          Be in the same spot as your FB program. In the toilet.

      • HeySUCs

        Joey Latent, official SUC sign spinner.

        • Joe Blow

          And you’re the biggest sucker of all time.

      • LTEfan

        Read what is written. No one said the Oregon and Stanford games didn’t matter. They did, and they proved UCLA is not up to that level at this point in the Mora era. USC is and will always be an important game, even if USC is not very good (your characterization, with which I do not agree). Did it not matter to you all those years in the last decade when USC beat UCLA, when UCLA was not very good under Dorrell and Neuheisel? Of course it mattered. It would have mattered a whole lot to you if USC had lost those games. UCLA has a chance to win 9 and then 10 games, and must beat USC first to have that opportunity. No one is backpedaling, this is about trying to make the most of the season, trying to win every game even if that doesn’t happen. By your attitude, UCLA should just quit and mail in the last two games, because it can’t make the Rose Bowl. That’s b.s. and you know it.

        • Joe Blow

          It matters more beating ND. All you Pom Pom waivers set the bar. That is why it is a disaster.

    • 92104bruinfan

      Sound assessment. The schedule was definitely more challenging this year and the Pac 12 is not only the second toughest conference behind the SEC, but one could make an argument that the Pac is the toughest by virtue of having to play 9 conference games instead of the 8 played by the ACC and SEC. It is virtually impossible to run the gauntlet in this day & age in the Pac. I think 10 wins would be a solid achievement going into the off-season. Go Bruins!

  • jameskatt

    If UCLA can play like in the 2nd half against Arizona State, then we have a great chance of beating USC. Go Bruins!