Bruin Bites: Beat Southern Cal Week Edition

It's a must-win for Jim Mora and the Bruins against Southern Cal this weekend. - Harry How

It's Monday morning and it's the first day of "Beat SC" week in Westwood. After this past Saturday's deflating loss to Arizona State, the Bruins' shot at a third straight Pac-12 South title came to a crashing, bitter end at the Rose Bowl, while the once-dead Trojans are suddenly making waves. It's the most important game of the year for both squads, with UCLA needing to build momentum before heading off to play in the NigerianMoneyScam.com Our-City-Needs-a Bowl-Too Game Presented by Kramerica Industries, and Southern Cal looking to settle last year's score.

If there was one absolute must-win game for Jim Mora, this is it. This Saturday, our Bruins will take on the hated Southern Cal Trojans at the Coliseum in downtown Los Angeles in a bitter rivalry fight for control of the city. Make no mistake: anything short of a Bruin victory will mark this season down as a disappointment for Jim Mora in his second year at the helm in Westwood. The markers were laid down last December and again in August - to continue UCLA on the right path forward, Mora would need to get us 9 wins again, win the Pac-12 South, and beat Southern Cal. Unfortunately, Arizona State got in the way, so to salvage the year, he'll need to pick up win #9 against a Trojan team led by an interim head coach who failed at his last coaching job at Ole Miss. Given the huge advantage UCLA has in both talent and depth, there's no excuses for coming up short. So, with the Bruins gearing up during Beat SC Week, let's take a look at the various bits and pieces of news from around the UCLA-iverse as we count down the days to when we talk on the Trojans from Southern Cal:

Alright folks, those are your bits and pieces of news from around the UCLA-iverse as we get ready for Beat SC Week in Westwood. It's time to get fired up for the Blue and Gold as our football team will take on the Trojans in a huge rivalry game. Fire away with your comments, additions, etc. in the thread as we kick off BEAT SOUTHERN CAL week here on BN.

GO BRUINS

BEAT 'SC!

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