About The Rivalry
The L.A. rivalry that is USC-UCLA dates back to 1929 when the
teams first met. Not surprisingly, USC owns the series lead with
a 41-28-7 advantage. The Trojans had won seven straight in the
series before their unexpected loss to the Bruins in last year's
regular season finale, but prior to that UCLA had reeled off eight
straight wins. This year's contest will be played in the L.A.
Memorial Coliseum where UCLA has not won in 10 years.
There's plenty at stake in the 77th meeting of the two teams. USC, for starters, is going after its sixth straight Pac-10 title. A win by the Trojans would also secure their 32nd Rose Bowl berth. UCLA also is fighting for an outside shot at the Rose Bowl. The Bruins need a win and an Arizona State loss to win the conference. Saturday will mark the 36th time USC-UCLA will be played where a Rose Bowl berth is on the line for at least one of the teams.
Now that USC QB John David Booty is healthy, the Trojans offense has started to rev up. Since missing the Arizona, Notre Dame and Oregon games, Booty has thrown six touchdowns, and more importantly no picks, in three wins over Oregon State, Cal and Arizona State. The big question for UCLA is who will be playing quarterback? And whoever it is -- either Ben Olson, Patrick Cowan or Osaar Rasshan -- can the Bruins offensive line protect their injury prone signal caller?
They called it the Game of the Century. It was the 1967 season finale when No. 1 UCLA faced No. 4 USC with not only a conference title and Rose Bowl berth on the line, but the Heisman Trophy and national championship up for grabs as well. O.J. Simpson's 64 yard TD run in the fourth was the difference as the Trojans upset the Bruins and won the national title. But it was UCLA QB Gary Beban who won the Heisman over Simpson a few weeks later.