The 90th annual USC-UCLA football game will be played Saturday at the Rose Bowl without fans in attendance due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 4-0 Trojans could be playing for a spot in Friday’s Pac-12 championship game if Colorado beats Utah in a game being played earlier Saturday. If Colorado loses, the Trojans would advance to Friday’s championship game before they even take the field against UCLA.
The Trojans are ranked 15th in the nation. The Bruins are 3-2 on the season. USC leads the all-time series between the schools, 50-32, with seven ties (two of USC’s wins were later vacated due to an NCAA penalty for rules violations).
The Trojans won last year’s game, 52-35, at the Coliseum, taking possession of the Victory Bell.
The 295-pound bell originally hung atop a Southern Pacific freight locomotive and was given to the UCLA Alumni Association in 1939. In 1941, it was taken by a group of USC students who hid it in a variety of locations for more than a year.
Following an intervention by school administrators, the student body presidents of both schools signed an agreement in 1942 providing that the winner of the football game would keep possession for the next year, a tradition that has continued, along with painting the bell’s carriage in the school color of the winner.
The game kicks off at 4:30 p.m. and will be televised on ABC.