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USC-UCLA could be afternoon affair -- and could be for South title

Matt Barkley and the Trojans will take on Johnathan Franklin and the Bruins on Nov. 17 at the Rose Bowl.
(Bret Hartman / Associated Press; Stephen Dunn / Getty Images)

The Nov. 17 game between USC  and UCLA at the Rose Bowl will play at either 5 p.m. on ABC or noon on Fox.

The game is expected to decide the Pac-12 South Division champion. Both teams are favored to win this weekend’s matchups, and if that happens, the winner of the crosstown rivalry would advance to the conference title game.

The Bruins are 7-2 overall and 4-2 in conference play. The Trojans are 6-3, 4-3.

USC defeated UCLA, 50-0, last season and finished first in the South Division. The Trojans, though, were on probation and not allowed to participate in postseason play. UCLA represented the division and lost to Oregon, 49-31, in the title game.

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UCLA faces Washington State at Pullman on Saturday. USC plays Arizona State at the Coliseum.

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