USC Trojans Football: 5 Keys to the Game vs. UCLA

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USC Trojans Football: 5 Keys to the Game vs. UCLA
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The USC-UCLA so-called "rivalry" has been on an extended hiatus for the last dozen years or so.

That changes this Saturday.

When the whistle blows to start the 12:05 contest, a storied cross-town grudge match will once again feature two teams that have something besides pride to play for.

What is at stake—besides that aforementioned pride—is the southern section "title" and a berth in the Pac-12 conference championship game, likely against Oregon.

And for once, it won't be USC who enters this game as the clear cut favorite. Instead, the Bruins who have a better record (8-2), ranking and home field advantage are expected by many to end years of frustration against their Los Angeles neighbors.

So what are the Trojans—who have lost two of their last three games—going to do if they hope to continue their mastery of the Bruins?

This slide show will look at five keys to a Trojan victory that must be achieved in order to preserve an unblemished record against UCLA by USC's seniors.

And while an overall solid game will be required to secure that win for the Trojans, these five are an absolute must.

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