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USC vs UCLA game preview
Posted By Tim Young On Nov 26 2011 @ 2:42 am In USC | 1 Comment
The Trojan’s face the Bruins in the final game of the regular season Saturday at 7:00 pm pacific at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Trojans have a 4 gane winning streak but the Bruins are excited and ready to play the Trojans. USC is coming off arguably their best game of the year a 35-38 upset over Highly ranked Oregon. UCLA as well are coming off a big 45-6 win over Colorado
The Bruins pistol offense has had an up and down year showing flashes of great play then the next week not so much. The Offense averages 26 points a game. All year they have been switching between quarterbacks Richard Brehaut and Kevin Prince. Brehaut has been injured the past few games and Prince has taken over and done well. The run game on the other hand has been consistent all year with the duo of Jonathan Franklin and Derrick Coleman. The Bruins offense needs to score when they have opportunities and have a good game in order to have a chance to win.
The UCLA defense has been bit of a disappointment this year and the past few years has been one of the strengths of the Bruins. They have given up an average of 30 points a game ranking 81st in the country. The Bruins do have a few talented play makers on the defense though Tony Dye senior safety is an impact player and leader on the team. Defensive back Tevin McDonald brother of USC start safety TJ McDonald is also an impact player on the Bruin defense. The Linebackers are young and have played exceptional at times. The most interesting match up of the day is who will the Bruins line up against All American and future top draft pick Matt Kalil either Damien Holmes or Datone Jones. The Bruins defense need to find a way to get their offense in good situations to be successful.
The USC offense is on fire and have been playing their best football as of late. Matt Barkley has played great and is now in the Heisman race. Woods and Lee have been a headache for defensive coordinators and put up big numbers week after week. The running game led by Curtis McNeal has been great also. The biggest question coming into the season was the offensive line. Surprisingly they have played great all season and are looking to cap off the season with a big win. The Trojans need to keep playing how they have been the past four weeks.
The defense has done a solid job all year. The defensive line has had a monster year led by Defensive end Nick Perry. Overall they could have played better all year giving up alot of points at times but have managed to make big plays at the right times. The defense has been more oppurtunistic and been taking the ball away more often. They need to stop UCLAs offense quickly and give them no chance of scoring.
Even though the Bruins have clinched the PAC 12 south division due to USC being ineligible for postseason play this game means a lot. The Bruins have somthing to prove and want to show people they deserve an opportunity to go to a BCS bowl game. Coach Neuheisel has never beaten USC and im sure he will try to do anything to beat the Trojans. USC wants to have a 10 win season to show recruits and the nation they are still an elite program in the country
Prediction: at first USC over looks the Bruins and are still thinking about last weeks big win over Oregon letting UCLA hang with them for a while. By the middle of the third quarter USC is too talented and too fast for the struggling Bruin defense.
USC 38 UCLA 24
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