Welcome to my favorite local-colleges nostalgia show: “I Remember When.”
Remember when USC started the season with the wrong coach—#FireHelton—and the wrong starting quarterback?
And remember when UCLA started with the right coach—Jim Mora’s Bruins picked by media to win Pac 12 South—and the “Chosen One” at quarterback?
Well, folks, have things changed!
Both schools lost their openers away from home, against Southeastern Conference schools, before heading off into opposite directions.
USC plays UCLA on Saturday night carrying the momentum of a movement. The Trojans, not the Bruins, are ranked in the top 25 and still in the hunt for the Pac 12 championship. The Trojans, not the Bruins, have the quarterback with better current odds of winning the 2017 Heisman Trophy.
The Trojans, not the Bruins, appear settled for years at head coach.
The Trojans are 7-3 and the Bruins are 4-6, unable to run (or hide). There is suddenly euphoria at Heritage Hall and an undercurrent of insurrection in Westwood that threatens to implode the program. UCLA’s uncertainties involve a certain star player at a certain marquee position (more about that in a minute).
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