There are two crucial college football games this weekend for the two Los Angeles teams before they prepare for their crosstown rivalry the week after. First things first though.
The UCLA Bruins are flush off two big victories against the Arizona St. Sun Devils in Tempe, then went home and stomped the Arizona Wildcats. UCLA now heads up to Pullman to take on the Washington St. Cougars, where they look to avoid a trap. Washington State is winless in conference play and is desperate to find a win somewhere before their season ends. UCLA and Washington State will be playing a 7:30 p.m. PT night game on ESPN2.
Meanwhile, the USC Trojans are headed in the opposite direction. USC lost to the Arizona Wildcats in Tucson, then could not stop the Oregon Ducks at any point last weekend. USC now rallies to keep their Rose Bowl hopes alive (winning out through the regular season would get them there) against the similarly reeling Arizona State Sun Devils at home in the Coliseum. The Trojans will be playing the Sun Devils on the Pac-12 Network, with coverage starting around noon.