While UCLA and USC won't meet until late November, one Bruins player can't wait for the crosstown clash.
Wide receiver Shaquelle Evans was a guest on ESPN Radio 710-AM in Los Angeles on Wednesday, and he certainly gave the Trojans some bulletin board material.
“Knowing that we're going to beat them again this year…especially two years ago when they beat us 50-0, we owe them a little bit,” Evans said. “This year, we're going to try to embarrass them, honestly.
“They're struggling. It's just awesome to see that. I hate them. So I'm just loving it.”
Jim L. Mora's team beat Lane Kiffin's squad last year 38-28, clinching the Pac-12 South title in the process. And Evans was a big part of the victory, as the 6-1, 211-pounder had eight catches for 114 yards in the victory last year. Perhaps his performance has him extra confident as he looks forward to the two teams meeting again in the regular-season finale on November 30.
Meanwhile, the Trojans are hoping that they are well past a bad home loss to Washington State a few weeks ago. 'SC looked much better last week against Boston College. And up until the loss last year, the Trojans had dominated the Los Angeles rivalry in recent years.
Dave Miller, the college football editor and writer for the National Football Post, is on Twitter @Miller_Dave.