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UCLA Football: Bruins Try To Avoid Looking Ahead To USC

The UCLA Bruins are probably dying to exact revenge on the USC Trojans. But they have to take care of the Washington State Cougars first.

Stephen Dunn

UCLA is ranked over USC for the first time since 2001. Two weeks away from the big showdown, how confident are you that you can beat the Trojans and what concerns you the most about that matchup?

gbruin, Bruins Nation: What concerns me the most is that we play Washington State this week. If we don't focus on the Cougars, then the next week won't matter. Southern Cal is a huge game every year, so I trust that Coach Mora will keep the team's eyes focused on the next step in Pullman and not get caught looking ahead.

Ryan Rosenblatt, Bruins Nation: The SC game is still a concern because of Marqise Lee and Robert Woods against the UCLA defensive backfield. To put the strength of the Trojans against the Bruins' weakness like that just sucks, but it is what it is. UCLA should be able to pressure Matt Barkley, somewhat limiting the damage of the SC wideouts. It's not a great match-up, but it's not a disaster. What would be a disaster would be to no-show against Wazzu this weekend, which is what every UCLA team of the last decade would do. This will be a nice way for Jim Mora that the mentality really has changed in Westwood.