Two of the most decorated programs in college athletics will renew their rivalry on the gridiron this Saturday night at the Rose Bowl. The UCLA Bruins, owners of 111 NCAA championships across their various sports programs, will host the USC Trojans, owners of 100 NCAA championships. USC (7-3) and UCLA (8-2) will renew their football rivalry for the 82nd time, which is one of the best rivalries in college football. Dating back to 1929, these teams have traded victories over the last nine decades. USC won the first ever meeting, 76-0 and leads the all-time series 44-30-7. UCLA, however, has won two straight meetings and will not want to relinquish the Victory Bell to their arch rivals.
In the past, the winner of this game has normally won or at least shared the Pac-12 Conference Championship and earned its spot in the Rose Bowl against the Big Ten championship game winner. Since the formation of the Pacific Coast Conference in 1916, USC has won or shared 37 conference titles while UCLA has won or shared 17 conference titles. Since the 1959 season when the Pac-12 was formed through 2007, USC and UCLA have won or shared 33 of the 48 conference championships. While both teams currently trail the Oregon Ducks (9-1) for first place in the Pac-12, this rivalry game is one of college football’s best.
Given the longevity and intensity surrounding this rivalry, fans can expect to pay top ticket prices for this game. The average ticket price for USC vs. UCLA tickets is currently $232.83 on the secondary market while the get-in price for the game is $103. This will be UCLA’s most expensive home game of the 2014 season.
Over the past few years, USC vs. UCLA tickets have commanded top dollar from its loyal fan bases. During the 2011 meeting at the Los Angeles Coliseum, fans paid an average ticket price of $198.72 while the get-in price for the game was $79. The 2012 meeting at the Rose Bowl commanded similar ticket prices as fans paid an average ticket price of $195.54 while the get-in price for the game was $75. Prices for the 2013 meeting rivaled this year’s demand as fans paid an average ticket price of $234.47 while the get-in price at the Los Angeles Coliseum was $101.
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While this year’s match-up does not feature two highly ranked teams, both teams always play hard in this rivalry game. With a win, UCLA will keep its college football playoff hopes alive while a win for USC can move them one step closer to a New Year’s Day bowl game. USC has not defeated UCLA since 2011 when it handed UCLA its most lopsided defeat since 1930. USC embarrassed UCLA, 50-0 as UCLA’s head coach Rick Neuheisel was promptly fired. Expect a passionate effort from both sides in one of college football’s best rivalries.