Inside the Top 25

Our scouts go inside each of this week's Top 25 matchups with game breakdowns and predictions.

Originally Published: December 2, 2004
Scouts Inc.
No. 1 USC, No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 3 Auburn remain undefeated heading into college football's final weekend, and each is heavily favored to remain that way, setting the stage for another offseason of controversy. No. 4 California is looking to secure its first trip to the Rose Bowl in 45 years, while the showdown between No. 9 Virginia Tech and No. 11 Miami will decide the ACC champion.

Saturday, Dec. 4

No. 1 USC TROJANS  at
UCLA BRUINS
Los Angeles, CA
4:30 p.m. ET - ABC
The Bruins have the advantage of playing at home and should come out fired up, considering they have a shot to ruin USC's national championship aspirations. However, the Trojans have more talent on both sides of the ball and should have little trouble dictating the pace. The combination of Bush and White will wear down the Bruins' undersized front seven, and give Leinart the balance he needs to be successful. Olson will have trouble keeping pace with the running game sputtering. In the end, UCLA just isn't talented or deep enough to beat USC. The Trojans will gather even more momentum on their way to the national championship game. Complete game breakdown

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