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UCLA-USC: Chris Foster and Gary Klein discuss Saturday's rivalry game [video]

November 23, 2011 |  3:47 pm

   

Does UCLA have a realistic shot of beating crosstown rival USC on Saturday?

A lot of that question rides on whether the Bruins are capable of containing USC quarterback Matt Barkley.

As Times UCLA beat writer Chris Foster explains, the Bruins haven't had much luck this season going up against quarterbacks who appear to be on the NFL track.

Barkley is perhaps the most talented quarterback the Bruins have faced this season (although I'm sure a few folks in Palo Alto would disagree). He is coming off an impressive performance against Oregon that may have cemented his Heisman Trophy candidacy and he'll be eager to get a win in what could be his last game as a Trojan.

Of course, the Trojans can't afford to underestimate a UCLA team that's eager to clinch a spot in the Pac-12 Conference's first title game.

As Times' USC beat writer Gary Klein points out, the Trojans may have put in some good practices this week, but that doesn't mean heavily favored USC can afford to take the Bruins lightly.

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-- Austin Knoblauch

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