Both college football teams reside in the same city but that’s the only thing they have in common in 2018. UCLA is 0-5 for the first time since 1943 and the Trojans, despite their struggles this year are 3-2.
UCLA will be looking for their first win of the season when they travel to the bay area to face the University of California on Saturday at 4 p.m. Although the Bruins played their best game of the season last Saturday against No. 10 Washington they still lost the game 31-24 at the Rose Bowl.
The Trojans still have an excellent chance to win the Pac-12 South Division if they beat the first place Colorado Buffalos at the Coliseum at 7:30 p.m. The Trojans are coming off a bye week so they should be well rested to play 5-0 Colorado.
The Trojans come into the game with a two game winning streak after wins over Washington State at home and Arizona on the road. To beat the surprising Buffalos they will need to put pressure on their outstanding 6’5, 235 pound junior quarterback Steven Montez from El Paso Texas. Montez can beat you with his arm and legs.
USC has the talent on defense to contain Montez. Veteran defensive players that include outside linebacker Porter Gustin, defensive end Christian Rector. inside linebacker Cameron Smith, defensive backs Iman Marshall, Ajene Harris and Marvell Tell III will need to be at their best if the Trojans expect to win.
On offense freshman quarterback JT Daniels, running backs Aca”Cedric Ware, Stephen Carr, Vavae Malepeai, receivers Tyler Vaughns, Michael Pittman and Amon-Ra St. Brown and their offensive line will need to stay on the field to give their defense a rest and keep the ball away from Colorado’s offense.
UCLA looked better against Washington last Saturday but close losses are not good enough for a University like UCLA. “At the end of the day you are judged by winning and losing,” said a disappointed UCLA head coach Chip Kelly after the loss to Washington.
Several UCLA offensive players performed well. Tight end Caleb Wilson, receiver Theo Howard, freshman quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson and running back Joshua Kelley played their best games of the season

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