29_35x90 knx_35x90
CBSLA WEATHER APP: iPhone App Store | Android App Coming Soon | More Info | Watch Josh's Live Demo

TALE OF THE TAPE

taleofthetape_College_CHEVY_600x60BrandedHeader.jpg

College Football Week 12: #21 USC At #17 UCLA

USC
UCLA
Colorado v USC
UCLA v Washington State
Coaching
Winner Lane Kiffin helped deflect some criticism related to “deflate-gate” by bringing up the possibility of star receiver Marqise Lee playing defense. More importantly, his team looked refocused after the Oregon loss, beating Arizona State 38-17.
A win on Saturday and UCLA is in the Pac-12 championship—not bad for Jim Mora’s first season. The Bruins are on a four-game win streak.
Offense
Winner Matt Barkley’s 13 interceptions are the most he’s thrown since his freshman year. Saturday was his fifth game this season in which he threw multiple picks. The five total turnovers prevented it from being even more lopsided.
The Bruins have scored at least 44 points in three straight games. This offense is rolling, moving the ball through the air and on the ground.
Defense
Winner Even without Lee seeing any actual action on defense—he stepped onto the field as a safety for a play but ASU called timeout before snapping the ball and Lee didn’t return—the defense had one of its best games of the season, limiting ASU to 250 yards.
UCLA’s defense has been middle-of-the-pack, but the 25 turnovers forced rank in the top 10.
Special Teams
Winner USC ranks in the top-15 in overall special teams play according to Football Outsiders, excelling in the return game.
UCLA blocked a punt last week. That was helpful because the Bruins have done nothing in the return game.

The Winner Is

Colorado v USC
Winner USC
4 out of 4

The winner will represent the South in the Pac-12 title game. Despite the categorical sweep, except this game to be very close.

-Andrew Kahn, College Football Contributor

MORE TALES OF THE TAPE

  1. 451058894 Belgium v Russia: Group H - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
    Round Of 16 In 2014 World Cup: USA vs. Belgium

    The United States have advanced to the Round of 16 in back-to-back World Cup’s for the first time in history. After getting second place in Group G, USA will face Group H winner Belgium. Belgium, who is full of immensely talented players that play in EPL, is ranked 12th in the World heading into the tournament. Unlike the last two games for the Yanks, striker Jozy Altidore will be listed questionable for Tuesday’s game in Salvador, Brazil. Two of the world’s best keepers will go toe to toe at the Arena Fonte Nova stadium.

  2. (Photo Credit: Getty Images/Richard Heathcote) (Photo Credit: Getty Images/Warren Little)
    Tale Of The Tape: Winter Olympics In Sochi Vs. FIFA World Cup In Brazil

    With both sites having their share of issues in hosting major international sporting events, we went to the tape to decide who was the worst host of 2014.

  3. Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks LeBron James (Photo Credit: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
    Tale Of The Tape: LeBron James Decision 1 Vs. Decision 2

    Let’s compare LeBron James’ first decision to leave the Cavs to his decision to opt out with the Heat.

See All Tales of the Tape
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,338 other followers