Let's strap on the helmets and play. That's the attitude UCLA has leading up to today's game against USC after three weeks of preparation. Coach Karl Dorrell did not have problems motivating his players to face the top-ranked Trojans, not even with a bowl berth already locked up for the second year in a row.
"We're at a good place right now," Dorrell said of the 6-4 Bruins. "If we keep [our play] at a high level of execution, it's going to be a hell of a ballgame."
USC has won five in succession against UCLA and the Bruin coaching staff has watched nearly twice as much game film of the Trojans than of any other opponent this season. Dorrell has seen enough to conclude that everything starts with junior Matt Leinart.
"He's an excellent quarterback," Dorrell said. "He does a great job operating their system and getting the ball to his receivers effortlessly. We need to slow him down. That's the key. We can't let him make too many big plays on us."