USC Trojans vs. UCLA Bruins: Watch Live TV Stream Online For Free; Preview
USC's Marqise Lee is second in the nation in all-purpose yards. (Photo: REUTERS / Lucy Nicholson)
The No. 18 USC Trojans face the No. 17 UCLA Bruins on Saturday for the right to represent the Pac-12 South Division in the conference championship game. The contest will be broadcast live on FOX at 3 p.m. ET, and you can also watch a live TV stream online for free here.
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The Trojans bounced back from two straight losses with a victory over Arizona State last week. Marquise Lee caught 10 passes for 161 yards in the contest, while Curtis McNeal contributed on the ground with 163 yards and two touchdowns. USC won the contest despite committing five turnovers in the game.
The USC Trojans defense bounced back last weekend after a historically bad performance against the Oregon Ducks. USC had allowed a school-record 62 points and 730 yards to the national title contenders, but the Trojans held the Sun Devils to season-low totals in both yards and points.
USC will face a similarly tough task this week against the UCLA Bruins. The Bruins are on a roll, having won four straight games. Three of those wins were by a combined 17 points, with the fourth a blowout victory over a then-ranked Arizona squad. The Bruins allowed just 257 total yards and 10 points to a squad that defeated the Trojans, 39-36, earlier this season.
The Trojans have dominated the Bruins in recent years. USC has won five straight and 12 of its last 13 against the Bruins, including last year's 50-0 demolition. Quarterback Matt Barkley tied a school record with six touchdowns in that contest, which was the largest margin of victory for the Trojans over UCLA since 1930.
Four of Barkley's six touchdowns in that contest were to dynamic wideouts Robert Woods and Marqise Lee. The duo became the first pair of Trojans with at least 10 catches in a single game, a feat they accomplished a second time against Syracuse earlier this year.
The two are continuing their success this season. Woods set a school record earlier this year with four touchdowns in a single game. Lee, meanwhile, is second nationally in all-purpose yards, receptions, and receiving yards. The duo also set the school record for receiving yards by two players in the aforementioned loss to Arizona. They will face a secondary led by cornerback Sheldon Price, who is tied for 10th in the nation in interceptions.
The UCLA Bruins, meanwhile, have a potent offense of their own, ranking 22nd in the nation in points per game. The unit is led by quarterback Brett Hundley and running back Johnathan Franklin. Hundley, a redshirt freshman, has completed 77 percent of his passes over the last three games, with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions. Franklin, meanwhile, is sixth in the nation in rushing and has averaged nearly 131 yards per game over the last three weeks.