USC and UCLA will meet for the 89th time this Saturday at the Coliseum. This football rivalry, known as the “Crosstown Rivalry” or “Battle for LA”, is among the more unusual within collegiate sports dating back to 1929. The campuses are only 12 miles apart and are located in Los Angeles. Both schools compete for the Victory Bell, which is painted either red or blue depending on the outcome of the game.
The game has had Rose Bowl, conference or division championships on the line. Before the Pac-10 expanded to the Pac-12 in 2011, the Rose Bowl and conference championship were on the line for both teams 20 times and at least for one team 37 times. Following conference expansion and the creation of the football divisions with UCLA and USC being in the South Division, the division title and a berth in the Pac-12 Championship game has been on the line for at least one team twice. As of the 2018 season, USC leads the all-time series with 47-32-7 (USC forfeited two wins due to NCAA sanctions).
USC and UCLA fans, alums, students and college football fans from all over will watch the Trojans and Bruins duke it out on the football field for the king of college football in L.A. However, the rivalry means more than just a football game and bragging rights for individuals tied to the schools, and who just love watching a good rivalry on the football field. It also has social implications within Southern California.
1967..Beaban vs the double murderer. One of the top 5 games in College FB history. Honorable....1969..Jimmy Jones to Sam Dickerson in the dark corner of the end zone for the win.— John Kole (@JohnKole14) November 15, 2019
Good vs Evil! 😂— Russell Small (@brewnnut) November 16, 2019
Lost a good friend in 1996 because he said, “Turnovers had nothing to do with us winning.” My response, “🤬 you and Skip Hicks!”— Chap Monius (@MANofTROY) November 16, 2019
I didn't want to play for Larry Smith so ended up at UCLA. When I was in school, Dad would call me Monday of the SC week and say, "You ready for that Trojan ass whoopin'?". I've been to 25+ SC/UCLA games and I miss him terribly on game day.— Christian Andersen (@ChrisAndersen60) November 16, 2019
Between my brothers, my parents and myself we hold a total of 7 degrees from UCLA. The spirit of the rivalry is a tradition that bonds us.— LA_Baseball Mom32 (@MarlaFWolfson) November 16, 2019
It means a ton to my family. Basically all of my close family members on my mom’s side went to UCLA, but then many of my extended family members on my mom’s side went to USC. It’s mostly friendly between us, but there can be occasional smack talk at Thanksgiving. #GoBruins #8clap— Peter Eric (@4thGenBruin) November 16, 2019
It means my paycheck battles it out with my alma mater. No more- no less.— Eloy💧 (@EloyLopezIII) November 15, 2019
Shaped my future with a single punt a single win. 13-9. Greatest on field victory I have ever experienced.— Aaron Perez (@ThePuntFactory) November 15, 2019
Only time I ever heard my late Grandmother, Jane, cuss. And I quote “Those cheating fucking bastards”. Also, in November of 1994 the invitations had gone out for our wedding when I realized the ceremony was during the game. Changed it to a night wedding. #8Clap— Victor Dirkes (@SomethinBruin) November 16, 2019
Private>Public— Piper (@Piper102111) November 15, 2019