Early Line: USC vs. UCLA

Updated: December 2, 2010, 5:38 AM ET
By Mark Saxon and Peter Yoon |

It's been a long time since so little was riding on this game, but maybe that makes it even more meaningful. USC (7-5) was eliminated from bowl contention in June, when the NCAA slapped it with sanctions. UCLA (4-7) was eliminated last week when it blew a lead at Arizona State. Now that nobody in the country cares about this game, it becomes a family feud. Let's examine some matchups in detail:

Mark Saxon

ESPN Staff Writer
Mark Saxon covers the St. Louis Cardinals for He served as the Dodgers team reporter for through the 2015 season. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

Peter Yoon