Preview: No. 22 UCLA vs. No. 23 USC

No. 23 USC (9-3) hosts crosstown rival UCLA (8-3) on Saturday in the Coliseum. The Bruins beat the Trojans 38-28 a year ago at the Rose Bowl...

It's No. 23 USC (9-2) and second place right now in the Pac-12 South hosting third place and No. 22 UCLA on Saturday.

It's the 83rd meeting between the Bruins and the Trojans, but right now in Los Angeles (Calif.), it's short sighted memory UCLA beat USC for just the second time since 1999 last season.

There's no trip to the Pac-12 Championship game on the line. UCLA's loss to Arizona State a week ago solidified that. But it's always about those bragging rights, and this year for USC, even more.

Could a win against the Bruins solidify Ed Orgeron as the Trojans future head coach? And can a win erase that memory of falling 38-28 just a season ago?

The Trojans enter Saturday's game on a hot five game win streak. The Bruins, meanwhile, are 3-3 in their last six games.

The month of November is treating the Trojans well. Not only are they undefeated in the month, but players once lost to injury are making their return.

This week?

Quarterback Cody Kessler, who has put up strong offensive numbers in the last thirty days, gets back two of of his biggest weapons.

Receiver Marqise Lee and tailback Silas Redd are expected to play against the Bruins.

USC's defense spent the week watching film and trying to figure out how to contain UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley.

Hundley is a weapon for the Bruins through the air, he's leading the Pac-12 in completion percentage, and he's maybe a bigger threat on the ground.

If it's not Hundley doing the damage, it's Bruin linebacker -- turned running back -- who also still plays linebacker -- Myles Jack.

Jack has been a breakthrough freshman on both sides of the ball for the Bruins and he's just one of many weapons opponents leave open when dealing with Hundley himself.

Another Bruin to keep your eye on?

Freshman defensive end Eddie Vanderdoes. In the last month, UCLA coach Jim Mora has been prone to put him in at fullback and he's even made a few game changing catches out of the back field.

Vanderdoes also made a game changing recruiting decision a year ago. He once committed to USC before flipping to Notre Dame and then found himself across town in Bruin blue.

Saturday's game is the Coliseum finale for USC seniors and could it possibly be the Coliseum finale for interim head coach Ed Orgeron? He's led USC to a 6-1 mark since taking the team over on Sep. 29.

Does a win against the Bruins earn him the USC head coaching job?

That answer could be just around the corner.

Kickoff Saturday is at 5 pm PT. The game will be broadcast on ABC.

Keep it on Scout's SCPlaybook for all the latest updates on the crosstown matchup before, during, and after the game.

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