The teams have seven losses between them, and any shot at making the four-team College Football Playoff was off the table by midseason. But the 85th game between USC and UCLA on Saturday at the Coliseum still carries championship implications.
UCLA, coming off a victory at Utah, is 8-3 overall and 5-3 in Pac-12 Conference play. USC, trying to rebound from a thrashing at Oregon, is 7-4 and 5-3.
The Pac-12 South Division title and the chance to face Stanford in the conference title game on Dec. 5 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara is on the line.
"That's just the way it goes," USC safety Chris Hawkins said of the bumpy roads the...