Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Silas Redd needs to have a successful season for the Trojans
For the first time in a decade, it seems as if the momentum in the city of Los Angeles is swinging over towards UCLA.
Southern Cal is in somewhat of a tumultuous state. In terms of top-tier talent, the Trojans are among the best in the conference. From a depth standpoint, the scholarship sanctions are crippling the program.
With the likes of Matt Barkley, T.J. McDonald, Robert Woods, Nickell Robey and others gone, it's a transitional period for Southern Cal.
A quarterback derby will take place amongst Max Wittek, Cody Kessler and incoming freshman Max Browne. Wittek looked pretty pedestrian in his brief time last season. Kessler was unable to beat him out for the backup slot, and it'd be asking an awful lot for a true freshman to man the quarterback position.
There isn't a more talented receiving duo in the conference than Marqise Lee and Nelson Agholor, but who will get them the ball?
There is talent all over the field for Southern Cal, but with the lack of tangible numbers, possible injuries make things very dicey.
With this game being played in the Coliseum, the odds are still against the Bruins. UCLA hasn't won in the Coliseum since 1997. That trend very well may continue this upcoming season, but the tide has seemingly turned towards the Bruins' favor.
The Bruins are a deeper team and have a more stable option at quarterback. If Southern Cal has a mediocre season up until this game, there's no telling how the team will respond around an already beleaguered head coach in Lane Kiffin.
UCLA 31 Southern Cal 20