The past three seasons have seen USC enter its rivalry game against UCLA with its Pac-12 South championship aspirations also at stake.
Last season, the Trojans defeated the Bruins to stay in contention behind Colorado in the race, before entering the final weekend of the regular season. When they prevailed in 2015, their victory clinched the division.
Then there was 2014, when the Trojans were eliminated from contention by a Brett Hundley-led bunch.
This Saturday will differ.
USC has already wrapped up the Pac-12 South, following last weekend’s 38-24 victory at Colorado, and will appear in the conference championship next month. The 87th