The Crosstown Rivalry’s arrived and for USC it is quite simple: Stop Brett Hundley and the Trojans should win the game. Here’s my game preview
Excerpt: “Say what you want about UCLA coach Jim Mora’s impact on the crosstown rivalry the past two years, but Hundley has been key in each game. USC has had problems with running quarterbacks dating to Kansas State’s Ell Roberson in the 2001-02 seasons.”
OK, time to decide who wins the Crosstown Rivalry. The Trojans are 3.5-4 point underdogs. I would argue USC has more talent in its starting lineup than any team in the Pac-12. But as the Cal game showed, talent cannot win on talent alone.
And then there is the running quarterbacks issue. Still, the Trojans do have big-play capacity with Adoree Jackson, Nelson Agholor and Juju Smith. So it should be a wild game. Let’s hope it lives up to the billing. But who do you think wins?
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.
What do Adoree Jackson and defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox currently have in common? Jackson has not allowed a touchdown pass this season. Wilcox did not surrender a touchdown pass during his senior at Oregon when he played cornerback.
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.