By Jamie MacDonald | Nov. 21, 2014, 4 p.m. (ET)

College football season is well underway and, while there might not be any Team USA athletes on the field, many can be found in the stands or glued to their TVs while cheering for their favorite school. Each week, we take a closer look at a big game through the eyes of Team USA athletes. This week's matchup features crosstown rivals USC and UCLA, with the Bruins (UCLA) hosting the Trojans (USC). To prepare, we asked USC alumni Amy Rodriguez and Tumua Anae Tavana, and UCLA alum Samantha Peszek who they like in the Saturday showdown.

Amy Rodriguez
@amyrodriguez8

Amy Rodriguez
Sport: Soccer
College/University: University of Southern California
Graduation year: 2009

What is the game day atmosphere for USC-UCLA?

Unfortunately, it’s at UCLA this year, which I call Boo-UCLA, so I’ve never been to one at the Rose Bowl. But no matter where the game is played, it’s always super-packed and the fans have such a great rivalry -- that always creates a fun and competitive environment.

What does this rivalry mean to alums?

We have a competition in all sports with UCLA, and if our football team wins it’s a lot of points -- but, not only that, the Pac-12 South is on the line this year so of course it means a lot to both schools and alums.

What is your favorite college football memory?

I loved it. I used to wear every single USC gear imaginable, including eye black strips that had USC written on them. It was so much fun going to the games -- and, when I was in school, we were really good (’05-’09) so it was even more fun. In my first year, we went to the Rose Bowl against Texas and that was a heartbreaking loss so we’ve been waiting to get back to a national championship ever since.

What is your favorite tailgate food?

They have these bacon-wrapped street hot dogs with onions outside the stadium and people swear by them. I actually never had one, but I sure smelled them. One of my best memories is some USC-UCLA baked goods and jello that my mom used make.

Final score prediction?

USC, by a touchdown

Samantha Peszek
@samanthapeszek

Samantha Peszek
Sport: Gymnastics
College/University: University of California, Los Angeles

What is the gameday atmosphere like when USC comes to town?

The entire campus is extra pumped for the USC game, and, when we arrive at the Rose Bowl, the fan section is electric. The atmosphere can’t be beat. The only thing better than the tailgating and the actual game is seeing the faces of USC fans when we beat them. =)

What does this rivalry mean to alums?

This rivalry is huge especially to alums because they really appreciate the history and the ups and downs UCLA football has been through. The alumni are even more excited about attending games because they are so proud of the players and coaching staff for turning the program around -- and, most important, staying classy in the process. The heart and passion that UCLA football has is contagious and unbeatable, which is another reason why everyone including alumni love them so much.

What is your favorite college football memory?

My favorite college football memory has to be when UCLA beat USC two years in a row ... and, hopefully, we'll make that three this year!

Who is/was your favorite college football player?

Peyton Manning is not only my favorite athlete, but, also, he is definitely my favorite football player in the NFL. If I followed college football when I was 7, I'm sure he would've been my favorite then, too!

What is your favorite tailgate food?

Chicken skewers

Best tailgate memory?

Getting pumped up before games with all of the other student athletes. It really builds the team spirit and continues to enhance the family atmosphere that we create here at UCLA.

Final score prediction?

50-0, UCLA

Why do you think UCLA will win?

We’re in the middle of building a legacy … USC won’t get in the way of that.

Tumua Anae Tavana
@tumua_aneye

Tumua Anae Tavana
Sport: Water Polo
College/University: The best university in the world ... the University of Southern California
Graduation Year: 2010

What does this rivalry mean to alums?

The USC-UCLA rivalry is always a fun and exciting time. It's great because no matter the teams' records going into the game, the game usually turns out to be pretty exciting. The rivalry game decides who gets bragging rights in LA for the year, and, as an alum, it just allows me to send lighthearted emails and texts to friends and family that don't recognize how amazing USC is yet.

What is your favorite college football memory?

There are so many fun games, but my favorite football memory: 50-0, in the Coliseum, enough said.

Best tailgate memory?

Campus on game day is electric. What makes our home games so much better is that the Coliseum is across the street from campus. You walk outside your door and everyone is out BBQing and tailgating, you walk to campus that's full of alumni, and then everyone walks to the game together. Not to mention the game day dogs you can find (bacon-wrapped hot dogs w/ bell peppers, onions and condiments) ... so yummy!

Final score prediction?

USC over UCLA, 35-26!

Why do you think USC will win?

For many reasons, but, most important, because I'm a Trojan.