The Bruins' credentials are well documented. The only lingering question is whether the Trojans can play a championship-caliber game--as Tollner said they must--as this disappointing season nears its end.
Knight, who'll be USC's starting tailback today, summarized his team's feelings when he said: "If we play to our ability, there is no doubt in our minds that we can beat them."
Of course, the Trojans' best game may not be good enough.
Trojan-Bruin Notes Kickoff for today's game is 1:30 p.m., and the game is a sellout, with all 92,516 tickets having been sold. . . . It will not be televised because USC is still on NCAA probation, prohibiting TV appearances. A taped replay will be shown on Channel 2 Sunday at 9:30 a.m. . . . UCLA's 6 1/2-point favoritism is the largest for the Bruins since they were a 13 1/2-point choice over USC in 1960. The Trojans upset the Bruins in that game, 17-6. . . . UCLA is ranked eighth in both the Associated Press and United Press International polls, its first appearance in the Top 10 since the first week of the season. . . . Injury report: UCLA cornerback Dennis Price is questionable with a shoulder injury and will be replaced by redshirt freshman Marcus Turner. Darryl Henley, who normally backs up Price, is out with a kidney injury. UCLA lost another cornerback, Craig Rutledge, earlier, so the UCLA secondary is patched up. USC has lost several key players to injuries this season, among them nose guard Tony Colorito and flankers Randy Tanner and Gene Arrington. But the Trojans came out of the Washington game without any additional injuries that will keep a player out of today's game. . . . The Daily Bruin defeated the Daily Trojan, 14-12, at USC in the annual football contest between the newspaper staffs of the two schools. According to the Daily Bruin, it is the first time in the series that the road team has won. In past years, the newspaper that won saw its football team lose on Saturday. Last year, the Daily Bruin and the UCLA football team both won.