Clay Helton (Shotgun Spratling | USCfootball.com)

Game Week: UCLA v. USC Facts and Factors

Nov. 15 -- In the last 50 seasons, a UCLA team with four wins or less has beaten a top-20-ranked USC one time, in 1994...

• UCLA will host crosstown rival USC Saturday at the Rose Bowl, with a kick-off time scheduled for 7:30 p.m. 

• The game will be televised by ESPN, with Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Todd McShay calling the action.

• UCLA is 4-6 overall, 2-5 in the Pac-12, and needs two more wins over USC and California in Berkeley Nov. 26th to be bowl eligible.

• USC is 7-3 and 6-2, ranked #15/#19, and is currently in second place in the Pac-12 South behind 6-1 Colorado. 

• The Trojans are coming off their biggest win of the season, knocking off a road upset of then-#4-ranked Washington last week. 

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• The Bruins trail in the all-time series, 45-31-7 (USC wins in 2004 and 2005 have been vacated due to NCAA penalties). 

• USC won last year's meeting in the Coliseum, 40-21, which ended a three-game UCLA win streak.  

• UCLA holds the longest win streak in the series, winning 8 straight games between 1991 and 1998. 

• In fact, in 1998, when UCLA had beaten USC eight times in a row, the series margin had really narrowed, with USC leading the all-time matchup at that time, 32-27-7. 

• In the last 50 seasons, a UCLA team with four wins or less has beaten a top-20-ranked USC one time, in 1994.

• Since UCLA made the move to the Rose Bowl in 1982, the Bruins are 10-7 at home against the Trojans. 

• This is the 10th anniversary of unranked UCLA’s upset win that knocked # 2 USC out of the BCS Championship Game, with UCLA prevailing at the Rose Bowl, 13-9. 

• In games when UCLA is unranked and USC is ranked, the Trojans lead 13-6-2. 

•  For UCLA Senior Day, UCLA will salute seniors and fourth-year players:  WR Ishmael Adams, DB Randall Goforth, LB Cameron Judge, DB Marcus Rios, DB Fabian Moreau, WR Kenneth Walker, TE Nate Iese, LB Jayon Brown, QB Mike Fafaul, DB Tahaan Goodman, DB Charles Dawson, DB Dylan Luther, P Adam Searl, FB Willie Green, LB Isaako Savaiinaea, DL Eddie Vanderdoes, DL Deon Hollins, OL Conor McDermott, DL Preston Awedisean, OL Christian Garcia, DL Thomas Schwab, DL Eli Ankou, DL Takkarist McKinley, DL Jake Jones.

• Clay Helton (44) is in his first year as the head coach at USC.  He took over the interim position last season after Steve Sarkisian was fired October 12th. He had the interim tag removed Nov. 30th, the Monday after USC beat UCLA last year, in what was considered a bit of a controversial move. A good portion of the USC community considered Helton not worthy of their program and that it was an act of opting for an easy, unproven hire, when names like Chip Kelly, Bob Stoops and even Pete Carroll were being thrown around at the time. Not counting Helton's two times as interim head coach at USC, it's his first stint as a head coach (He acted as USC's interim in 2013, also, when the preceding interim coach, Ed Orgeron, quit before the team’s bowl game).  Helton has already gone though many phases while being USC's head coach for less than a year; most USC fans were skeptical going into the season that the first-time head coach had the chops for the job, then he began the season 1-3 and there was a pretty sizeable faction of USC fans calling for his ouster, even during the season. Since stringing together six straight wins and his team looking good doing it, Helton has had gained some support from the USC community -- at least, for now. Of course, if he doesn't win a national championship in 2017, he'll probably be back on the hot seat.  Heck, he could be back on griddle if he loses to USC and Notre Dame over the next two weeks. 

Steve Cheng (BRO)

• UCLA and USC wear their home jerseys for the rivalry game.  The tradition was renewed in 2008 for the first time since 1982.  In the intervening years, an NCAA rule forbade both teams wearing home jerseys, until it was rescinding in 2009. In 2008, the two program defied the NCAA rule and wore their home jerseys for that season's game in the Rose Bowl. USC was charged with a timeout at the opening kickoff and UCLA responded by calling a timeout immediately after to make it even.

• The Crosstown Cup is the annual award given to the school that wins the most head-to-head matchups in the academic year.  UCLA currently leads this season 25-10 with 10 points at stake on Saturday. UCLA actually had a shutout going until the Bruin men's #1-ranked waterpolo team lost to #2 USC Sunday, 8-7. It ended a record-setting 57-game, NCAArecord win streak by UCLA that went back to November 2014. 

• The annual Beat 'SC Bonfire and Rally is scheduled for 6:00 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17, and takes place near Janss Steps on campus.  

• This will be only the 11th time in the 86 contests between UCLA and USC series that the game wil be played at night. 

• USC is favored by 10 points. 

• The weather forecast calls for a high of 76 degrees on Saturday, with game time temperatures in the low 60s. 


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