Richard Mackson | USA Today

Who runs L.A.? Mathematical breakdown of the UCLA-USC rivalry in the 2000’s

Less than 14 miles stands between the USC and UCLA campuses. Both claim the keys to the city, but who really runs the City of Angels?

Former UCLA QB, Brett Hundley, famously claimed "UCLA runs L.A., everybody knows that!" after beating USC at the Coliseum in 2013. That specific season he had valid mathematical point.

It’s the first of many spoils the winner of any UCLA-USC game loves to claim as soon as the clock strikes zero, but is he correct? Who is really the landlord of Los Angeles and who is merely a tenant in the 21st century?  

We combined the final scores for football and men’s basketball to create an average combined score to determine who ran Los Angeles each season this century.  The winner of the Crosstown Cup/Gauntlet will be used as a tiebreaker if the combined average scores are the same.  

2000/2001 Season

Football winner USCUSC (38-35)
Basketball winner UCLAUCLA (80-75), UCLA (85-76)
Avg. Combined Score UCLAUCLA 67 - USC 63
Margin of Victory UCLA+4 UCLA
Crosstown Gauntlet Did not exist
Who ran L.A.? UCLA UCLA Bruins

 

2001/2002 Season

Football winner USCUSC (27-0)
Basketball winner USC (81-77), UCLA (67-65)
Avg. Combined Score USCUSC 58 - UCLA 47
Margin of Victory USC+11 USC
Crosstown Gauntlet USCUSC
Who ran L.A.? USC USC Trojans

2002/2003 Season

Football winner USCUSC (52-21)
Basketball winner USCUSC (80-75), USC (86-85)
Avg. Combined Score USCUSC 73 - UCLA 60
Margin of Victory USC+13 USC
Crosstown Gauntlet UCLAUCLA
Who ran L.A.? USC USC Trojans

2003/2004 Season

Football winner USCUSC (47-22)
Basketball winner USCUSC (76-69), USC (78-77)
Avg. Combined Score USCUSC 67 - UCLA 56
Margin of Victory USC+11 USC
Crosstown Gauntlet USCUSC
Who ran L.A.? USC USC Trojans

2004/2005 Season

Football winner USCUSC (29-24)
Basketball winner UCLAUCLA (72-69), UCLA (90-69)
Avg. Combined Score UCLAUCLA 64 - USC 56
Margin of Victory UCLA+8 UCLA
Crosstown Gauntlet UCLAUCLA
Who ran L.A.? UCLA UCLA Bruins

2005/2006 Season 

Football winner USCUSC (66-19)
Basketball winner UCLA (66-45), USC (71-68)
Avg. Combined Score USCUSC 60 - UCLA 51
Margin of Victory USC+9 USC
Crosstown Gauntlet USCUSC
Who ran L.A.? USC USC Trojans

2006/2007 Season

Football winner UCLAUCLA (13-9)
Basketball winner UCLAUCLA (65-64), UCLA (70-65)
Avg. Combined Score UCLAUCLA 49 - USC 46
Margin of Victory UCLA+3 UCLA
Crosstown Gauntlet UCLAUCLA
Who ran L.A.? UCLA UCLA Bruins

2007/2008 Season

Football winner USCUSC (24-7)
Basketball winner UCLAUSC (72-63), UCLA (56-46), UCLA (57-54)
Avg. Combined Score USCUSC 49 - UCLA 46
Margin of Victory USC+3 USC
Crosstown Gauntlet USCUSC
Who ran L.A.? USC USC Trojans

2008/2009 Season

Football winner USCUSC (28-7)
Basketball winner UCLAUCLA (64-60), UCLA (76-60), USC (65-55)
Avg. Combined Score USCUSC 53.25 - UCLA 53
Margin of Victory USC+1 USC
Crosstown Gauntlet USCUSC
Who ran L.A.? USC USC Trojans

2009/2009 Season

Football winner USCUSC (28-7)
Basketball winner USCUSC (67-46), USC (68-64)
Avg. Combined Score USCUSC 54 - UCLA 39
Margin of Victory USC+ 15 USC
Crosstown Gauntlet USCUSC
Who ran L.A.? USC USC Trojans

2010/2012 Season

Football winner USCUSC (28-14)
Basketball winner USC (63-52), UCLA (64-50)
Avg. Combined Score USCUSC 47 - UCLA 43
Margin of Victory USC+4 USC
Crosstown Gauntlet USCUSC
Who ran L.A.? USC USC Trojans

2011/2012 Season 

Football winner USCUSC (50-0)
Basketball winner UCLAUCLA (66-47), UCLA (64-54), UCLA (55-40)
Avg. Combined Score USCUSC 48 - UCLA 46
Margin of Victory USC+2 USC
Crosstown Gauntlet USCUSC
Who ran L.A.? USC USC Trojans

2012/2013 Season 

Football winner UCLAUCLA (38-28)
Basketball winner USC (75-71), UCLA (75-59)
Avg. Combined Score UCLAUCLA 61 - USC 53
Margin of Victory UCLA+8 UCLA
Crosstown Gauntlet UCLAUCLA
Who ran L.A.? UCLA UCLA Bruins

2013/2014 Season

Football winner UCLAUCLA (35-14)
Basketball winner UCLAUCLA (107-73), UCLA (83-73)
Avg. Combined Score UCLAUCLA 75 - USC 53
Margin of Victory UCLA+22 UCLA
Crosstown Gauntlet USCUSC
Who ran L.A.? UCLA UCLA Bruins

2014/2015 Season

Football winner UCLAUCLA (38-20)
Basketball winner UCLAUCLA (83-66), UCLA (85-74), UCLA (96-70)
Avg. Combined Score UCLAUCLA 75- USC 58
Margin of Victory UCLA+17 UCLA
Crosstown Gauntlet UCLAUCLA
Who ran L.A.? UCLA UCLA Bruins

2015/2016 Season 

Football winner USCUSC (40-21)
Basketball winner USCUSC (89-75), USC (80-61), USC (95-71)
Avg. Combined Score USCUSC 76 - UCLA 57
Margin of Victory USC+11 USC
Crosstown Gauntlet USCUSC currently leads 70-50
Who ran L.A.? USC USC Trojans

Who Runs L.A.?

FB Head-to-Head USCUSC 12- UCLA 4
BK Head-to-Head UCLA UCLA 22 - USC 15  
Avg. Combined Scores USCUSC 57 - UCLA 56
Margin of Victory USCUSC +1
Crosstown Gauntlet USCUSC 9-5 (Does not include 2015/16)
Most Dominant Year UCLA 2013/2014 (UCLA +22)
Closest Year USC2008/2009 (USC +1)
Longest Streak USC5 years - USC (2007/08 to 2011/12)
Clean Sweeps

USCUSC 4 (2002/2003, 2003/2004, 2009/2010, 2015/2016)

UCLAUCLA 3 (2006/2007, 2013/2014, 2014/2015)

Who runs L.A.? USC USC Trojans

To the victor go the spoils...

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