Wednesday, May 22

Graduate transfer quarterback Wilton Speight is expected to start for UCLA football against USC on Saturday afternoon. Speight threw for 335 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in UCLA's 31-28 loss to Arizona State last weekend. (Liz Ketcham/Assistant Photo editor)

Gameday predictions: UCLA vs. USC

Ryan Smith Sports editor Prediction: USC 23, UCLA 20 Chip Kelly’s first season in Westwood has not gone the way many fans would have hoped, but Saturday will give the Bruins’ coach a chance to make up for all of it. Read more...

Photo: Graduate transfer quarterback Wilton Speight is expected to start for UCLA football against USC on Saturday afternoon. Speight threw for 335 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in UCLA's 31-28 loss to Arizona State last weekend. (Liz Ketcham/Assistant Photo editor)

Graduate transfer quarterback Wilton Speight is expected to start for UCLA football against USC on Saturday afternoon. Speight threw for 335 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in UCLA's 31-28 loss to Arizona State last weekend. (Liz Ketcham/Assistant Photo editor)

Redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Michael Alves said he believes UCLA will have its communication issues fixed for Saturday's game against USC. The Bruins were called for back-to-back false starts in the final 33 seconds of last weekend's contest with Arizona State. (Axel Lopez/Assistant Photo editor)

Football faces a formidable USC offense in its quest to reclaim Victory Bell

The Bruins will not have the chance to play for a Pac-12 title this season, but they will get an opportunity to reclaim the Victory Bell from their crosstown rivals. Read more...

Photo: Redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Michael Alves said he believes UCLA will have its communication issues fixed for Saturday's game against USC. The Bruins were called for back-to-back false starts in the final 33 seconds of last weekend's contest with Arizona State. (Axel Lopez/Assistant Photo editor)

Redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Michael Alves said he believes UCLA will have its communication issues fixed for Saturday's game against USC. The Bruins were called for back-to-back false starts in the final 33 seconds of last weekend's contest with Arizona State. (Axel Lopez/Assistant Photo editor)

Redshirt junior Joshua Kelley has rushed for 899 yards and eight touchdowns in nine games for UCLA football this season. The running back transferred from UC Davis after his sophomore year with the Aggies. (Axel Lopez/Assistant Photo editor)

Joshua Kelley fuses his season of football with seasons of anime

The past couple of seasons have been challenging for Joshua Kelley. The redshirt junior running back sat out last year after transferring from UC Davis, and he didn’t see the field for a single snap in UCLA’s third game of this season. Read more...

Photo: Redshirt junior Joshua Kelley has rushed for 899 yards and eight touchdowns in nine games for UCLA football this season. The running back transferred from UC Davis after his sophomore year with the Aggies. (Axel Lopez/Assistant Photo editor)

Redshirt junior Joshua Kelley has rushed for 899 yards and eight touchdowns in nine games for UCLA football this season. The running back transferred from UC Davis after his sophomore year with the Aggies. (Axel Lopez/Assistant Photo editor)

UCLA and USC have given true freshmen quarterbacks Dorian Thompson-Robinson and JT Daniels significant playing time this season. Thompson-Robinson has seven touchdowns and four interceptions, while Daniels has 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions. (Photos by Liz Ketcham/Assistant Photo editor and Josh Dunst/Daily Trojan)

When it comes to football, who’s feeling worse – UCLA or USC?

UCLA and USC have both underperformed in 2018. Before they go head-to-head for the Victory Bell on Saturday, Daily Bruin Sports took a look at the two struggling programs to see which school was in more pain in three different categories: coaching, recruiting and quarterbacks. Read more...

Photo: UCLA and USC have given true freshmen quarterbacks Dorian Thompson-Robinson and JT Daniels significant playing time this season. Thompson-Robinson has seven touchdowns and four interceptions, while Daniels has 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions. (Photos by Liz Ketcham/Assistant Photo editor and Josh Dunst/Daily Trojan)

UCLA and USC have given true freshmen quarterbacks Dorian Thompson-Robinson and JT Daniels significant playing time this season. Thompson-Robinson has seven touchdowns and four interceptions, while Daniels has 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions. (Photos by Liz Ketcham/Assistant Photo editor and Josh Dunst/Daily Trojan)

Redshirt junior linebacker Tyree Thompson said UCLA football must avoid getting caught up in the heat of a rivalry game when it faces USC on Saturday. The Bruins have lost their last three meetings with the Trojans. (Amy Dixon/Photo editor)

Football rises to crosstown rivalry, UCLA sets record for athlete graduation rate

Although Chip Kelly is in his first season with the Bruins, he is no stranger to the magnitude of Saturday’s contest against the crosstown rival Trojans. Read more...

Photo: Redshirt junior linebacker Tyree Thompson said UCLA football must avoid getting caught up in the heat of a rivalry game when it faces USC on Saturday. The Bruins have lost their last three meetings with the Trojans. (Amy Dixon/Photo editor)

Redshirt junior linebacker Tyree Thompson said UCLA football must avoid getting caught up in the heat of a rivalry game when it faces USC on Saturday. The Bruins have lost their last three meetings with the Trojans. (Amy Dixon/Photo editor)

Redshirt freshman linebacker Jayce Smalley picked up his first career solo tackle – a tackle for a two-yard loss – Saturday against Arizona State. Smalley was previously a special teams specialist for UCLA football. (Liz Ketcham/Assistant Photo editor)

Chip Kelly and players see under-tested potential in football’s underclassmen

The Bruins are thin all over the roster. Coach Chip Kelly said UCLA football (2-8, 2-5 Pac-12) had just 57 scholarship players available out of the 105 on the roster at practice Tuesday. Read more...

Photo: Redshirt freshman linebacker Jayce Smalley picked up his first career solo tackle – a tackle for a two-yard loss – Saturday against Arizona State. Smalley was previously a special teams specialist for UCLA football. (Liz Ketcham/Assistant Photo editor)

Redshirt freshman linebacker Jayce Smalley picked up his first career solo tackle – a tackle for a two-yard loss – Saturday against Arizona State. Smalley was previously a special teams specialist for UCLA football. (Liz Ketcham/Assistant Photo editor)

Sophomore safety Quentin Lake has two interceptions for UCLA football this season. Lake has tallied 62 tackles, one tackle for a loss and five pass deflections. (Liz Ketcham/Assistant Photo editor)

Football players gear up to battle old high school teammates against rival USC

Geography is not the only aspect of a crosstown rivalry. Southern California is a recruiting hotbed, and since UCLA and USC are the only Power Five programs in the area, they target many of the same players. Read more...

Photo: Sophomore safety Quentin Lake has two interceptions for UCLA football this season. Lake has tallied 62 tackles, one tackle for a loss and five pass deflections. (Liz Ketcham/Assistant Photo editor)

Sophomore safety Quentin Lake has two interceptions for UCLA football this season. Lake has tallied 62 tackles, one tackle for a loss and five pass deflections. (Liz Ketcham/Assistant Photo editor)


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