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What a great day for LA college football tomorrow! First UCLA plays host to Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl at 12:30 PM. Then at 7:15 PM, USC will take on Arkansas at a sold-out 92,000-seat Coliseum. This is the beauty of having two major conference college football teams in the same town. We get instances where two well-known programs play here on the same day. LAist still remembers 1997 when a highly-ranked Florida State team played at USC the same day that a Peyton Manning-led Tennessee team played at UCLA. Both visiting teams won close games, but over 160,000 people were at a SoCal college football game that day. We should see a similar combined attendance figure again tomorrow.

This LAist writer will be at the Rose Bowl for the UCLA-Oklahoma game, and like ESPN's Skip Bayless, we want to see star running back Adrian Peterson play. For different reasons this though. LAist will be rooting for the Bruins, but we want to see Oklahoma at its best when they come here. We want to know just how real UCLA's early success is. And only if Peterson plays, will the Bruins truly be tested.

As for USC, we expect them to have little difficulty with Arkansas. The Razorbacks are in a rebuilding year after seeing Matt Jones off to the NFL, and they lost to Vanderbilt last week. While the Commodores victory hurt the Trojans' strength of schedule rating, we still love it when the Pac-10 can beat up on the SEC.