By Enrique Cervantes
It’s the game that defines an entire city.
On one side, we have the “Big Brother,” the USC Trojans. They lead the series 44-31-7. They always attract all the talent and fame of not only Los Angeles, but all of Southern California.
However, now we have the “Little Brother,” the Bruins of UC Los Angeles. After USC won five in a row, the Bruins changed things with Jim Mora at the helm. With their win on Saturday, the Bruins have won three games in a row now, telling Big Brother that enough is enough.
When you look back at the entire series, each team is streaky. USC had its time, and now UCLA is rising back on top. It’s a great thing, because it shows the parity that spreads out between the two top teams in the Pac-12 South.
Bruins fans contend that they own Los Angeles. And to be honest, they do. The team has won the last three games by an average of 16.3 points per game. As a USC fan, it’s a tough pill to swallow, but one has to be realistic and realize that UCLA is simply the top dog as of now.
However, this rivalry does more than just attract recruits and put friends against each other when they play at the Rose Bowl or Coliseum.
It changes the entire micro-world of Los Angeles.
For those that are only casual fans of the teams, many don’t see it. They only see two teams lining up and playing for the Victory Bell.
However, when you look at it from an in-depth perspective, it goes beyond that. This game is about family and friends coming together for the love of football. Many of these players either knew each other, played each other, or played with each other at one point in their lives. When they lace up the cleats and strap up the pads, it’s about history and glory.
These players will forever be remembered. UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley will have this game marked as the time he became the all-time leader in yards for the Bruins. USC linebacker J.R. Tavai will be remembered for this pick-six that started off the scoring for the Trojans.
What this game determines is what colors Los Angeles bleeds.
And for the last three years, Los Angeles has bled powder blue and gold.
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