Five storylines: USC-UCLA 

November, 15, 2012
Here are five storylines as USC (7-3, 5-3 Pac-12) travels to the Rose Bowl to play UCLA (8-2, 5-2 Pac-12) on Saturday.

1. Battle of L.A. is even more relevant this year: You don’t need any extra incentive to get the juices pumping for this game, but this year there is the added motivation of having the winner advance to the Pac-12 title game. It’s an unexpected development when you consider where both teams started the season. But it’s no fluke. Jim Mora has quickly re-energized the UCLA program, and it is trying to take advantage of a USC program that has stumbled a few times. The Trojans, however, have the memories of last year’s 50-0 whitewash over the Bruins to serve as a reminder of how good they can be.

[+] EnlargeMarqise Lee
AP Photo/Wily LowMarqise Lee could be primed for another huge game when he squares off against a suspect UCLA secondary.
2. Can Marqise Lee continue his torrid streak?: There might not be a hotter player in all of college football. Lee is No. 2 in the nation in all-purpose yards, receptions and reception yards after a 10-catch, 161-yard performance last week when he was suffering from an allergic reaction. Assuming he is allergy-free on Saturday, look for Lee to exploit a UCLA secondary that is struggling this year. The Bruins’ pass defense is giving up 266 passing yards per game, which is No. 103 in the country.

To continue reading this article you must be an Insider