The UCLA Bruins haven't beaten the USC Trojans since 2006, and the Trojans have taken 12 of the last 13 meetings between the two teams. But some experts believe that this will be the year UCLA begins their own streak, as Brett Hundley and Johnathan Franklin have the Bruins above USC in both the BCS and Pac-12 standings. It stands to note that a survey of expert picks from around the league shows that most expect that advantage to not last the weekend.
Over at Rivals.com, it's a sweep for USC. Pat Forde and Graham Watson both pick USC, and they're joined by the collective vote of the users. Inside USC also picks the Trojans, though he points out that UCLA seems to have more spirit going into the contest and expects it to be close.
The Bruins finally earn a vote of confidence at CBS Sports, where Dennis Dodd picks them to win. The other five writers and the Prediction Machine take Southern California. CBS Sports also picks against the spread, and giving the Bruins 4.5 points causes three of the experts to switch their picks, though two still see a USC victory in the cards.
Kickoff is at 12:05 p.m. PT.