Former USC quarterback Brad Otton picked the Trojans, 42-40 while former UCLA quarterback Patrick Cowan picked the Bruins, 34-17, today at the Pasadena Quarterbacks Club.
USC freshman forward Malik Martin, who left in the first half of today’s game against Drexel with a knee injury, had his knee examined by a physician. His injury is classified as a hyperextension of his right knee but Martin will have an MRI when the team returns to Los Angeles.
USC defeated Drexel, 72-70. The Trojans are now 2-2 while mighty Drexel is 0-4.
The UCLA game always forges the identity of a USC coach, but one could argue the game is even bigger than usual for Steve Sarkisian. The Trojans (7-3, 6-2) don’t exactly own a signature win and could possibly claim the Pacific-12 Conference South Division with a victory over UCLA.
But a loss to the crosstown rivals, to echo McKay, would unleash even more criticism than losses to Boston College and Arizona State.
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The USC-UCLA game is still not sold out and has not sold out at the Rose Bowl since 2006. Tickets are available here. How big a rivalry is this if it doesn’t sell out?
It sure sounds like cornerback Josh Shaw could have a big role in the game although Steve Sarkisian said he has not decided yet.
“It depends how he looks on game day,” Sarkisian said. “He’ll have some role in the game.”
Shaw is likely to be a cornerback/nickel back, which is something the Trojans want as finding a third corner to complement Adoree Jackson and Kevon Seymour has been a season-long issue.