Five storylines: USC-UCLA 

November, 15, 2012
11/15/12
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Here are five storylines as USC (7-3, 5-3 Pac-12) travels to the Rose Bowl to play UCLA (8-2, 5-2 Pac-12) on Saturday.

1. Battle of L.A. is even more relevant this year: You don’t need any extra incentive to get the juices pumping for this game, but this year there is the added motivation of having the winner advance to the Pac-12 title game. It’s an unexpected development when you consider where both teams started the season. But it’s no fluke. Jim Mora has quickly re-energized the UCLA program, and it is trying to take advantage of a USC program that has stumbled a few times. The Trojans, however, have the memories of last year’s 50-0 whitewash over the Bruins to serve as a reminder of how good they can be.

[+] EnlargeMarqise Lee
AP Photo/Wily LowMarqise Lee could be primed for another huge game when he squares off against a suspect UCLA secondary.
2. Can Marqise Lee continue his torrid streak?: There might not be a hotter player in all of college football. Lee is No. 2 in the nation in all-purpose yards, receptions and reception yards after a 10-catch, 161-yard performance last week when he was suffering from an allergic reaction. Assuming he is allergy-free on Saturday, look for Lee to exploit a UCLA secondary that is struggling this year. The Bruins’ pass defense is giving up 266 passing yards per game, which is No. 103 in the country.

PAC-12 SCOREBOARD

Saturday, 12/20
Monday, 12/22
Tuesday, 12/23
Wednesday, 12/24
Friday, 12/26
Saturday, 12/27
Monday, 12/29
Tuesday, 12/30
Wednesday, 12/31
Thursday, 1/1
Friday, 1/2
Saturday, 1/3
Sunday, 1/4
Monday, 1/12