PASADENA, Calif. – Brett Hundley's two victories over Southern California are perhaps his proudest accomplishments at UCLA, and the quarterback is determined to leave without a loss to the Bruins' biggest rivals.
On the opposite sideline, Cody Kessler knows he'll never be regarded as an elite USC quarterback unless he beats the Bruins, preferably on Saturday night at the Rose Bowl.
Much more than the Victory Bell is at stake when No. 24 USC (7-3, 6-2 Pac-12) visits No. 11 UCLA (8-2, 5-2). The Bruins' hopes for the Pac-12 South title likely depend on a victory over the Trojans, who could boost themselves or Arizona State to the division title.
The annual crosstown showdown makes reputations, divides families and tests friendships — even the connection between the two star quarterbacks at the center of it all.