The Battle for the Victory Bell commences at 3:30 PM EST Saturday on ABC. Who are five of the most important prospects in this battle for the hearts and minds in Los Angeles?
Top 25 ranked USC snuck into the College Football Playoff rankings after dispatching Pac-12 North rival Cal last weekend. The Trojans still have a shot at winning the Pac-12 South but need help from a Utah loss to get to Levi’s Stadium in December.
UCLA is coming off a resounding loss to those same Utes in which it wasn’t really competitive thanks to the talent disparity on both sides. The Bruins are eliminated from contention in the South after somehow staying alive for weeks.
Much has been speculated about Clay Helton’s job status this season, particularly with a new Athletic Director (finally) onboard in the form of former University of Cincinnati AD Mike Bohn. While the Trojans aren’t where they need to be to restore their glory years, they are playing hard for Helton.
The Bruins have had a rough go of it in Chip Kelly’s second season in Westwood. They need to win out against USC and Cal to reach a bowl game. Here are five of the most interesting draft prospects to keep track of in the game.