College football: Go with UCLA over Southern Cal in an upset special

by Berry Tramel Published: November 16, 2012
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Time was, UCLA-Southern Cal often was a battle for the Rose Bowl. Saturday, the Bruins and Trojans play for the right to get drubbed at Oregon in the Pac-12 title game.

USC, which entered the season ranked No. 1 nationally, has three losses (Stanford, Arizona, Oregon) and might have two more. Next week, the Trojans host Notre Dame. A 7-5 season would be disastrous.

Meanwhile, UCLA has been a surprise under new coach Jim Mora Jr. The Bruins upset Nebraska in September and have continued to play well. Freshman quarterback Brett Hundley has thrown 24 touchdown passes.

Southern Cal is favored by 4 1/2 points, but the wrong team is favored. Let's go with UCLA in the upset.

by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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