Statistically, it reads like a mismatch. USC's rushing offense, third in the Pacific 10 Conference at 170.7 yards a game, versus UCLA's rushing defense, last in the conference in giving up 221 yards a game.
Linebacker Justin London, however, said that the Bruins match up well against the Trojans' ground attack.
"Their running game isn't anything special that other people don't do," London said. "We just have to play sound defense.... If everybody plays in their gap and does their job, we'll be fine."
UCLA's defense will also be at full strength against the Trojans, with safety Jarrad Page back after sitting out most of the last two weeks to rest a hamstring injury. Coach Karl Dorrell said he was pleased with the Bruins' effort in practice on Monday.
"This was our normal Tuesday-style practice with some good heavy contact work," said Dorrell, who had his team practice in full pads for the first time in two weeks. "The players were excited about getting back and getting in work like that."