UCLA football 2017 schedule preview: USC

USC celebrates after winning the Rose Bowl over Penn State. (Photo by Stephen Carr / Daily News / SCNG)

UCLA at USC
Saturday, Nov. 18 | L.A. Coliseum

USC returned to the national stage with an epic record-setting Rose Bowl shootout. The Trojans aren’t willing to stop there.

“Of course (the College Football Playoff) is something we want to get to,” receiver Deontay Burnett said on the first day of spring practice.

With Sam Darnold at quarterback, the Trojans (10-3, 7-2 Pac-12 last year) are the favorite to win the Pac-12 Championship Game. Darnold is a frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy after leading the Trojans to their first Rose Bowl victory since the 2008 season and is eager to build on his success.

“I’m past the Rose Bowl,” said Darnold, who passed Vince Young for the Rose Bowl record for total offense with 473 total yards. “People know me from the Rose Bowl, but I feel I have a lot more to prove as a player and person.”

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Wrapping up UCLA’s 36-14 loss to USC

USC's defensive tackle Rasheem Green pressures UCLA's Mike Fafaul (Photo by Steve McCrank, Daily News/SCNG)

USC’s defensive tackle Rasheem Green pressures UCLA’s Mike Fafaul (Photo by Steve McCrank, Daily News/SCNG)

UCLA lit a few early fireworks against USC, but — like its hopes for the season — fizzled quickly.

Barring a win next week at Cal and an NCAA exemption based on APR, the Bruins are not going bowling this season for the first time since 2010. The optimism of training camp never felt further for the team as it sulked out of the Rose Bowl on Saturday night after its second straight rivalry loss.

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Photos: UCLA drops second straight rivalry game

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Click on the photo above (or HERE) to see photos from UCLA’s 36-14 loss to USC on Saturday at the Rose Bowl.

Above: Left top: UCLA receiver Jordan Lasley and USC cornerback Adoree’ Jackson; Top right: UCLA quarterback Mike Fafaul and USC defensive tackle Stevie Tu’ikolovatu; Bottom right: USC quarterback Sam Darnold. Photos by Keith Birmingham/Pasadena Star-News/SCNG

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UCLA game day links: Goodbye (for now) Rose Bowl

Randall Goforth (3) celebrates with teammates after scoring on an interception return against Oregon State. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

Randall Goforth (3) celebrates with teammates after scoring on an interception return against Oregon State. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

UCLA will honor 24 players for Senior Night against USC as the team bids farewell to the Rose Bowl this season. The Bruins will try to send their seniors out on the highest of notes with an upset over rival USC.

USC snapped a three-game losing streak in the series last year, handing Jim Mora his first loss to the Trojans. UCLA is hoping to return the favor and stop USC’s six-game winning streak this year by slowing down dynamic quarterback Sam Darnold.

The game is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff with the TV broadcast on ESPN.

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