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This game comes down to a battle of strengths and weaknesses. Unfortunately for UCLA, its greatest weakness just so happens to be USC's most significant strength.
Which is exactly why the nation's No. 17 passing attack will tear apart the No. 106 pass defense.
The Bruins will keep pace by virtue of running back Johnathan Franklin's ability to keep the Trojans offense off of the field. His ability to move the chains will be greatly welcomed, while his two scores on the ground should make this one interesting.
Entering the fourth quarter, we'll have ourselves a one-possession game. After UCLA surprises the nation and clamps down on Marqise Lee for three quarters, look for the Heisman hopeful to break loose and haul in a touchdown pass to make it a two-possession encounter.
UCLA will strike back on a Brett Hundley touchdown scamper, but it'll fail to stop USC on its following drive. A heartbreaking end to a wonderful regular season from UCLA.
For USC, quarterback Matt Barkley will finish with 272 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
Robert Woods will lead all receivers with six receptions, 115 yards and a touchdown.
T.J. McDonald will end up with 12 tackles, one interception and a defensive touchdown.
As for UCLA, quarterback Brett Hundley will complete 18-of-25 passes for 189 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He will run for another score.
Johnathan Franklin will finish with 21 carries, 123 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensive standout Anthony Barr will tally seven tackles, 2.0 sacks and a forced fumble. Eric Kendricks will pick up 15 tackles and a sack of his own.
USC 34, UCLA 28