UCLA-USC gets prime-time TV slot

UCLA Bruins offensive lineman Andre James (75) and USC Trojans defensive end Porter Gustin (45) in action in the third quarter of a game played on November 19, 2016, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. (Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

UCLA’s rivalry game with USC was the No. 1 pick for next weekend’s games by the Pac-12’s TV partners, so the two L.A. teams will kick off at 5 p.m. PT on ABC on Nov. 18 at the L.A. Coliseum, the conference announced Saturday.

Game times are usually announced 12 days in advance, but the Pac-12 had pushed UCLA’s game time to six-day selection with three other conference games, meaning TV partners could line up kick off times based on the results of this weekend’s games. USC won the Pac-12 South by beating Colorado on Saturday while UCLA beat Arizona State at home.

California and Stanford’s rivalry game was the second pick, getting the 5 p.m. slot on FOX. Utah at Washington was the third selection at 7:45 p.m. on ESPN, while Arizona at Oregon was left on Pac-12 Networks at 4 p.m.