Yes, there will be a lot of hope and anxiety in Los Angeles when the Dodgers begin the Major League Baseball playoffs. Months after Vin Scully's death, and immediately following the attainment of 111 wins, a regular-season franchise record, the expectations for the Dodgers will be appropriately high. Los Angeles will be consumed by the Dodgers' pursuit of a non-pandemic World Series championship. The 2020 title certainly counts, but everyone wants to celebrate a World Series title in Dodger Stadium, or at least in a full-length season. 2020 didn't give anyone that opportunity. The Dodgers will soon take the stage in Los Angeles sports …
but not just yet, and not this weekend for sure.
The new MLB playoff format means the Dodgers will sit back and relax until they begin the NLDS on Tuesday, Oct. 11. In the meantime, college football is the big ticket in town. Let's look at the weekend's two big games, USC-Washington State and UCLA-Utah:
USC AND UCLA ARE BOTH 5-0
And John Robinson and Terry Donahue are not coaching the Trojans and Briuns.
TROJANS AND BRUINS CAN SET UP NOVEMBER 19 SHOWDOWN
Imagine USC-UCLA, on Nov. 19, being so big that the winner makes the Pac-12 Championship Game and the loser is out. That could happen if the two teams win this weekend.
CHIP KELLY'S LAST CHANCE
If Chip Kelly is going to max out at UCLA, this is the year, with Dorian Thompson-Robinson giving the Bruins and Chip one more season at quarterback. The continuity Kelly and DTR have is rare, because it's rare to see a QB stick around this long in college.
BIG TEN FUTURE
This might be the last time USC and UCLA are both Pac-12 title contenders, if only because of the impending move to the Big Ten. That raises the stakes for this weekend.
The Cougars would be 5-0 if they hadn't blown a 34-22 lead to Oregon with four minutes left.
The Utes would be unbeaten if quarterback Cam Rising had thrown a touchdown pass instead of an interception at the goal line in the final minute of the Week 1 loss to Florida.
Utah plays UCLA this week and USC next week as the reigning Pac-12 champion. That's the first time this has ever happened.
ONE USC BENEFIT
USC, by playing second in Los Angeles on Saturday, will know the Utah-UCLA result when it takes the field against Wazzu. That could help the Trojans lock in and focus on the Cougars, which they need to do.
PRIME TV SLOTS
None of this late-night nonsense in Week 6. The Bruins play at 12:30, the Trojans at 4:40. This is how Los Angeles college football fans want it. If they're not going to attend big games this weekend, when will they attend a Trojan or Bruin game?
USC-WAZZU IS HUGE
It's the second-biggest home game on the 2022 USC schedule, behind only Notre Dame. UCLA is a Bruin home game. Cal and Colorado are the other USC home games left on this year's slate. This is a really big game. No Dodger playoff game. If you're not buying a ticket now, when will you buy one?
SOMETHING IS BRUIN
JON WILNER ON USC
Quoting Wilner in a separate article (different from the links above):
JON WILNER ON UCLA
Story originally appeared on Trojans Wire