USC Facts and Factors

The UCLA and USC rivalry is perhaps the most intense in all of college sports, and the football teams come into the rivalry game just one slot away from each other in the national rankings...

• The UCLA Bruins will travel 11 miles from Westwood to South Los Angeles to take on the USC Trojans at 5:00 PT Saturday.

• ABC will televise the game, with Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman and Shannon Spake calling the action.

• UCLA (8-3, 5-3) is ranked #22, while USC (9-3, 6-2) is ranked 23rd.

• The UCLA/USC Rivalry, arguably, is the best in college sports. In no other rivalry do two schools compete against each other in so many sports and at such an elite level. UCLA has won the most NCAA titles (109) and USC is third (98), and that combines for more titles than most other conferences.

• The only college rivalry consisting of two teams that are closer in proximity is the University of North Carolina and Duke, which are 10.5 miles from each other. The UCLA/USC rivalry is the only true football rivalry with two schools in the same city.

• With it being football fueled, so many fans and alumni having to interact with the city limits, and a basic difference in life philosophies (private school v. state school, etc.), the UCLA/USC rivalry could be considered the consistently most intense in college sports.

• The Victory Bell is the award given to the school that wins the annual game. The bell was originally UCLA's until it was stolen by a USC student organization in 1941, and then it was established in 1942 it would be given to the annual game's winner.

• It is the 83rd meeting between UCLA and USC in football, with USC currently leading the all-time football series, 44-29-7 (USC's wins in 2004 and 2005 have been vacated due to NCAA penalties). In the last 20 years, the rivarly has consisted of streaks, with UCLA winning 8 times (series record) from 1991 to 1998, and then USC winning 7 consecutive times (if you count the vacated wins) from 1999 to 2005. UCLA won in 2006, and then USC won five times in a row. Last season UCLA won in the Rose Bowl, in Jim Mora's first year, with a berth in the Pac-12 Championship game on the line, 38-28.

• UCLA has not beaten USC in the Coliseum since 1997 when Cade McNown led UCLA to a 34-17 win.

• The last time UCLA played USC in the Coliseum in 2011 it was Rick Neuheisel's last year and UCLA lost 50-0.

• It is the 22nd time UCLA has come into the game ranked higher than USC. UCLA is 12-9 and has won five of the last six meeting with USC when the Bruins were ranked higher. The series is even at 11-11-1 when both teams are ranked.

• When it is ranked by the AP, UCLA is 17-16-1 against USC.

• USC is led by interim head coach Ed Orgeron, who took over on September 29th after USC fired Lane Kiffin. With Orgeron at the helm, USC is 6-1 and playing well, with a signature win over #5 Stanford two weeks ago in the Coliseum. Orgeron was USC's defensive line coach under Pete Carroll until 2004 when he then took over the head coaching position at Ole Miss. In three seasons, he went 10-25 and was dismissed. He then spent one year as DL coach for the New Orleans Saints before joining Kiffin in Tennessee, and then following Kiffin to USC after one season in Knoxville. Turning around the Trojans this season, there has been some groundswell for Orgeron to be hired as USC's head coach permanently, but most insiders believe he's a secondary option for USC Athletic Director Pat Haden. The most consistently mentioned name at this point is Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin.

• In his post-practice interview Tuesday, UCLA Coach Jim Mora confided that he voted for Ed Orgeron as Pac-12 Coach of the Year.

• Both UCLA and USC will wear their home jerseys Saturday. The two teams returned to the tradition in 2008, after 25 years of being disallowed to do it by the NCAA.

• Mora has 17 wins in his first two seasons, tying him for the most wins in the first two seasons as UCLA's head coach. Tomm Prothro won 17 games in his first two seasons of 1965 and 1966.

• Mora's mother attended USC.

• At the annual Beat 'SC Bonfire and Rally Tuesday night, Mora, leading the crowd, reportedly yelled: "Burn this bitch down!" (Photos of the Beat 'SC Bonfire, Video of Bonfire Rally)

• UCLA is 10-4 against Pac-12 South teams. The Bruins went 5-0 last season and are 3-1 so far this season.

• UCLA is 15-0 under Mora when leading the game at halftime.

• A UCLA school record 26 players have caught a pass in 2013. The record went back to 1954.

• UCLA set a new school record this season for most true freshmen playing in a season, 18. It matched a school record in the Colorado game for most true freshman starters, 7.

• UCLA has worn a No. 36 patch on its uniform all season to honor the memory of Nick Pasquale, a walk-on redshirt freshman receiver who passed away in a tragic accident September 8th.

• It is only the ninth time in the series that the game has been played at night. It is the 16th time the game has been played on Thanksgiving weekend.

• UCLA currently leads USC in the 2013 Crosstown Gauntlet competition, 15 to 2.5, with wins over the Trojans in women's soccer, men's water polo, and women's cross country, while USC has one win in women's volleyball.

• USC is currently a 4-point favorite.

• The weather forecast calls for a high of 75 on Saturday, with a game time temperature in the 60s. As of now, it is expected to rain Friday night but be clear by Saturday.


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