USC Beats Utah and What That Means For UCLA Football In The Pac-12 South


The USC Trojans defeated #3 Utah 42-24, giving the the Utes their first loss of the season and making this Pac-12 race very interesting. So where does UCLA Football come into all this?

Despite losing two-games in a row, the UCLA Football team is back in the Pac-12 South race, especially after they defeated the Cal Bears 40-24 on Thursday. What also helped was crosstown rival USC beating division-leading Utah today by a similar score, 42-24.

What this game did was bring USC back from the Pac-12 dead as well as reel in Utah, whom up until this point, was riding a 6-game winning streak. Either way, things just got interesting in the Pac-12 South Division.

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Before last Thursday, hope had seemed lost for UCLA Football in the South, but with their win and Utah’s loss, the Bruins are back in. But so are the Trojans. Despite their 4-3 overall record, USC is now 2-2 in conference and also one game behind Utah, just like UCLA.

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But so is Arizona State who holds the tie-breaker against UCLA. Now, if ASU loses one more game (they play Oregon next week and still have Washington State, Washington, Arizona and Cal to play) and UCLA wins out (which includes wins against Utah and USC) the Bruins would claim the South Division.

Easy, right? Well, considering both of those games are away, it seems a little bit harder than that.

The point is, the Bruins are in striking distance. They cannot control ASU (which they should have a few weeks ago) but they can attempt to defeat the Utes and Trojans. For that matter, they need to not lose the next three against Colorado, Oregon State and Washington State. Can you say “trap games”?

So that is what is laid out for UCLA. Continue to win and hopefully they are in. Go Bruins!

Sep 26, 2015; Tucson, AZ, USA; UCLA Bruins wide receiver Jordan Payton (9) signals during the fourth quarter against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium. UCLA won 56-30. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

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