Saturday, 18 November 2017 15:38

Bruins Head To Coliseum

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UCLA USC112815Every year when UCLA (5-5, 3-4) plays USC (9-2, 7-1) the city of Los Angels is abuzz with excitement. Whoever wins this game gets possession of the Victory Bell, due to USC’s convincing 36-14 victory, the bell is in the Trojan’s hands.

Since the two teams have been playing for the bell, USC has won 40 times, UCLA 21 and there have been four ties. For the entirety of the series, the Trojans have won 46 of the contests, the Bruins have won are 31, meaning UCLA won the first time the two teams played for the bell.

What makes this rivalry so special is how many of the games have been thrillers that go down to the wire and fans of both teams go through an emotional roller coaster.

While it sounds like some cheap cliche, you really can throw the records out the window when these two teams meet. Who can forget when an undermanned Bruin team knocked the Trojans out of the National Championship game in 2006? Maybe Trojan fans would like to forget that game, but they still feel the pain of that loss today.

Many times in this series an unexpected player ends up being the hero. Older fans remember in 1966 when Norman Dow, who played in place of an injured Gary Beban, led the Bruins to a 14-7 victory over the Trojans.

Remember John Barnes hitting J.J. Stokes, time and time again to beat the Trojans 38-37. This was the second victory in what become the longest winning streak in the history of the series. UCLA would eventually win a total of eight straight.

This game will showcase two of the best quarterbacks in all of college football in UCLA’s Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold. This matchup alone is worth the price of admission.

Who will end up going down as the game’s hero, will be known sometime tomorrow evening. Because of weaknesses in both defenses, this game could end up a good old-fashioned shootout.

The contest will be played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, at one time the home field for both schools. The kickoff is scheduled for 5:00 PM PST and will be televised by ABC with Chris Fowler doing the play-by-play, Kirk Herbstreit analyzing the action and  Maria Taylor will be reporting from the sideline.

If you are stuck on one of many of the Los Angles Area freeways you can catch the game on radio broadcasted by UCLA Sports Network from IMG College and will be carried on either AM 1150 or AM 57 with Josh Lewin and the quarterbacks Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook performing their usual roles.

ESPN Radio will also call with Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, and Ian Fitzsimmons behind the mics.

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