The 92nd edition of the UCLA-USC game will be played Saturday at the Rose Bowl, with the Trojans seeking a victory that would assure them of a spot in the Pac-12 Football Championship Game.

The Bruins’ hope of a spot in the conference championship game took a substantial hit last Saturday in a 34-28 upset loss to Arizona. UCLA (8-2, 5-2 in Pac-12 Conference play) would need to defeat USC (9-1, 7-1) Saturday, California next Friday and then hope for beneficial results in games involving Utah, Oregon and Washington.

The Trojans are also pursuing a longshot berth in the College Football Playoff. USC was seventh in the playoff rankings issued Tuesday. ESPN’s “Playoff Predictor” gives the Trojans a 7% chance of being among the four teams in the playoff, the eighth-highest chance among all teams.

USC is a two- to 2 1/2-point favorite, depending on the oddsmaker. ESPN’s Football Power Index gives the Trojans a 60.3% chance of winning.

The Trojans are ranked seventh by The Associated Press, UCLA 16th. This is the first time in the series both teams have been ranked since 2014.

USC will be playing without its leading rusher, Travis Dye, who suffered a season-ending leg injury when he was tackled during a 55-17 victory over Colorado on Nov. 11.

UCLA was a 62-33 winner last season in the highest-scoring game in the series. The 62 points were the most the Bruins scored against the Trojans and equaled the most USC allowed against any opponent.

Bruins quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson threw four touchdown passes and ran for two scores after throwing interceptions on his first two passes.

The Trojans lead the series, 49-33-7, not including victories in 2004 and 2005 that were vacated as part of the penalties issued by the NCAA for improper benefits accepted by star running back Reggie Bush and his family. USC is 17-6 against UCLA since 1999, and 7-4 against them at the Rose Bowl.

Fox’s telecast will begin at 5 p.m. This will be the first time the game between the crosstown rivals has been played at 5 p.m. or later since 2017 and 13th time in the series.

Start times for football games where a Pac-12 Conference team is the home team are determined by the conference’s media partners (ESPN, Fox and the Pac-12 Network) in collaboration with the Pac-12 Conference.

The game is sold out. Capacity for the game has been increased to 70,865. The usual capacity for UCLA games at the Rose Bowl is 53,170. The stadium’s capacity is 91,136, according to UCLA Athletics’ website.

The winner will get possession of the Victory Bell, a 295-pound bell that originally hung atop a Southern Pacific freight locomotive and was given to the UCLA Alumni Association in 1939. In 1941, it was taken by a group of USC students who hid it in a variety of locations for more than a year.

Following an intervention by school administrators, the student body presidents of both schools signed an agreement in 1942 providing that the winner of the football game would keep possession for the next year, a tradition that has continued, along with painting the bell’s carriage in the school color of the winner.

Hashmarks at the 1-, 15- and 41-yard lines will be painted Virginia orange in memory of slain Cavaliers football players Lavel Davis Jr., Devin Chandler and D’Sean Perry. The players were shot to death on a charter bus returning to the university after a class field trip Sunday night.

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