Cal (5-4, 2-4 Pac-12) at USC (5-4, 4-3)
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday Where: Los Angeles TV/Radio: ESPN/810
Story lines: This game has drawn a lot of histrionic chatter in the lead-up, but there is great present-day significance for each team. Cal is one victory from earning bowl eligibility for just the second time in seven seasons. USC is in a three-way tie with Utah and Arizona for first place in the Pac-12 South.
Injuries: Cal — WR Kanawai Noa (undisclosed) is questionable. WR Jordan Duncan (hand) is doubtful. RB Johnny Adams Jr. (leg), OL Henry Bazakas (lower body), DL Rusty Becker (lower body), QB Ross Bowers (thumb), LB Derron Brown (personal), LB Gerran Brown (medical retirement), RB Derrick Clark (lower body), LB Cameron Goode (leg), OL Michael Saffell (leg) and WR Brandon Singleton (undisclosed) are out. USC — DB Olaijah Griffin (shoulder) is probable. DB Greg Johnson (shoulder), LB Levi Jones (hip) and DB Iman Marshall (ankle) are questionable. WR Michael Pittman Jr. (shoulder) is doubtful. TE Austin Applebee (neck), RB Stephen Carr (ankle) is out, LB Porter Gustin (ankle), DB Talanoa Hufanga (collarbone), TE Daniel Imatorbhebhe (hip), K Chase McGrath (ACL) and DB Isaiah Pola-Mao (shoulder) are out.