“They hate us. We hate them,” USC linebacker Su’a Cravens said.
The only problem with Cravens’ comment was he made it in 2013, not 2015. Here is what Cravens said this week about the Bruins: “They’re a good team. We’ll play them and do our best to try and stop them and it’s always good to come out with a win.”
The USC-UCLA game has been played on Thanksgiving weekend 16 times prior to this year. USC is 10-6 in those games. The Trojans are also 1-0-1 when the game was played on Thanksgiving in 1936 and 1938. Above is a photo from the 1938 Thanksgiving Day game, which USC (in white) won 42-7.
It might seem weird now that USC was a clear favorite to win the Pac-12 but today Clay Helton talked about when he felt the team had a chance to win the division . . . and it was during a loss.
“It’s a weird moment but when the start of fourth quarter happened at Notre Dame and I looked up and it’s 31-24 and we were in lead and we had come back from being down 24-10, I said right there we’ve got something special. I really felt we could make a run.
“We put ourselves in a position to be a Pac-12 South champion.”