It’s time for the 2009 USC vs. UCLA football game. The 2009 USC vs. UCLA football game will be aired on FSN with a start time of 7:00 P.M. PST. The game will take place in the Los Angeles Coliseum, with arguably no home field advantage for either of these California teams. It has been a struggle recently for both teams, but with UCLA looking for something to build off of, and USC trying to prove that they aren’t an overrated college team, they both really want to win this rivalry. Now both UCLA and USC are bowl eligible, and that means that they are both here to prove that they belong in one of the good bowl games in the 2009 schedule.
Right now USC sits at sixth in the Pac-10 standings with a conference record of 4-3, and they realistically need to finish at 6-3 in the conference in order to make one of the better bowl games that the Pac-10 gets invited to. USC gets their game against UCLA this week and then their season finale against Arizona on December 5th to prove that they belong in that good bowl game, but both opponents want these wins just as badly. UCLA sits at seventh place in the Pac-10 with a conference record of 3-5 so far. They are going to finish seventh no matter what, but they really need the win to make their overall record look better to the bowl invitation committees.
Coming into the USC vs. UCLA game, UCLA has an overall record of 6-5 during the 2009 regular season. They have already qualified to be invited to a bowl game, but it would look much better if they can finish the season at 7-5, and it would also be much more respectable on the final standings page. Setting aside the bowl implications of this game for both USC and UCLA, it’s also very important to recognize just how badly both sides want to win this game. UCLA is in this for the respect level, and USC wants to prove that they are still the best team in California despite a few losses that they have suffered recently.
A couple of things to watch for in the USC vs. UCLA game are the UCLA passing game and the USC rushing game. UCLA has had a difficult time putting it in the end zone through the air this season, and the USC running attack will be led by Junior Joe McKnight who wants to show he belongs in the elite class of running backs that the Pac-10 has advertised this season. The kick-off for the USC vs. UCLA game is set for 7:00 P.M. PST on November 28th and all college football fans in California will have their eyes on this game.
USC vs. UCLA Preview