USC is going for its eighth win over UCLA, which would match the Bruins’ longest streak over USC. Well, “match” is a relative term. The margins of the Bruin victories: 3, 1, 6, 12, 4, 7 (after 2OT’s), 4, 17. The Trojan win margins: 10, 3, 27, 31, 25, 5, and 47.
Pete Carroll was asked Tuesday about the danger of looking past UCLA and toward the BCS title game.
But if anything, an informed person would argue the opposite is true. Carroll’s spent more time watching or mentioning UCLA than any time since he arrived at USC. In past years, Carroll rarely mentioned UCLA in staff meetings or conversations with associates. He even rebuked a staff member for makng a dismissive remark about UCLA in one conversation.
This year, however, he frequently mentioned the Bruins whenever he was around Heritage Hall and kept a much closer eye on their stats and performances. Whether or not this concern is justified is different topic, but the fact is Carroll’s pointed toward this game for months. Or at least had some concerns. I’ll expand on this later in the week.