USC vs UCLA: The Bruins fight to hang onto bragging rights

USC v UCLA

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PASADENA, CA - NOVEMBER 17: Joseph Fauria #8 of the UCLA Bruins celebrates his touchdown with Jerry Johnson #9 for a 17-0 lead over the USC Trojans at Rose Bowl on November 17, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Who is the better football team in L.A.? USC or UCLA? The two schools meet Saturday, for the 83rd time, at the Los Angeles Coliseum at 5:00 p.m.  The game will be broadcast on ABC.

The two teams met for the first time in 1929, and the Trojans crushed the Bruins 76 to 0.

Since then, the Trojans have won the rivalry game 44 times, compared to the Bruins 29 wins. But last year, UCLA won for the first time since 2006.  It was Jim Mora’s first year as head coach.

“When I stood out there in front of the locker room and greeted all the young men and saw the emotion they were sharing it was very special," said Mora after the game. 

This year, it's USC that has a new coach. 

UCLA comes into the game ranked 22nd, after a disappointing loss against Arizona State that knocked them out of Rose Bowl contention.

After a disastrous start under Lane Kiffin, USC is 23rd. They’ve gone 6-1 since Ed Orgeron took over as interim head coach. Among those he’s impressed is Mora, who said he voted for Ed Orgeron as Pac-12 coach of the year.

After practice earlier this week, Orgeron said he was flattered, but would focus on beating UCLA, particularly their talented quarterback, Brett Hundley.

“We’re going through the week with the same process," Orgeron told reporters. "But there’s a little different feeling in the air. It’s a very important game to our football team and our family.”

Off the field, pranks have always been part of this rivalry.

In 1959, UCLA students rented a helicopter and dumped 500 pounds of manure onto USC's Tommy Trojan statue.

This year's hijinks were considerably less ambitious.

USC students replaced the Daily Bruin from newspaper racks at UCLA with copies of the Daily Trojan.

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