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Eric Stephen has been a fan of Los Angeles sports teams his entire life. Growing up in Palm Springs, his sports viewing options were the Dodgers, Angels, Lakers, Clippers, Raiders, Rams, USC, and UCLA, and he quickly gravitated toward the Dodgers, Lakers, Raiders, and USC. He graduated from UCSD with a degree in Economics, so naturally he decided to write about sports. He has co-managed the Dodger blog True Blue LA since 2008, and can be seen in the press box at Dodger Stadium whenever he has the time. He has also written for USA Today, The Hardball Times, and the 2010 Dodgers Annual for Maple Street Press. He was at Game 2 of the 1988 World Series, but not the Kirk Gibson game the night before because of a surprise birthday party for his sister. But don't worry, he's not bitter about it.

Rain in the forecast at the Rose Bowl for USC-UCLA

USC and UCLA have played one another in rain just twice in their storied history, with the Bruins prevailing each time. There is rain in the forecast for the Rose Bowl on Saturday afternoon.

USC-UCLA pregame sights, sounds, tweets

A few quick pregame thoughts from both UCLA and USC, as well as a sign from ESPN's College Gameday Saturday morning in Eugene.

Gus Johnson behind the mic for 5th USC game

This is the fifth game of the year for the Trojans on Fox with Gus Johnson on the call.

USC-UCLA, Stanford-Oregon highlight Pac-12 slate

Saturday features the top two teams in each Pac-12 division facing off at the location of the division leader, with UCLA hosting USC and Oregon hosting Stanford.

USC-UCLA, by the numbers

Some numbers to watch on Saturday for Marqise Lee, Johnathan Franklin, the USC Trojans, and UCLA Bruins as they battle for the Victory Bell at the Rose Bowl.

USC-UCLA history, with the Rose Bowl on the line

Though USC and UCLA are not exactly playing for the Rose Bowl (but rather the right to play for the Rose Bowl), Saturday's game is their most meaningful matchup for both teams in 19 seasons.

Lakers hosts Suns, but no D'Antoni or Nash

New Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni won't coach Friday night, so he'll miss a matchup of his new team against one of his old teams.

Nebraska, Michigan vying for Big 10 Legends title

Both Nebraska and Michigan are vying for a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game against Wisconsin, the necessary step to qualify for the 2013 Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

Long Beach State hosts No. 11 North Carolina

Long Beach State hosts No. 11 North Carolina on Friday night at The Pyramid, hoping to extend their 23-game home winning streak.

Matt Barkley preaches sportsmanship to USC fans

Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley on Thursday asked USC fans to practice sportsmanship in their battle with UCLA on Saturday.