USC vs. UCLA: Rivalry Week Reaches New Heights


USC and UCLA are in the midst of a busy week of action, battling it out on all different fields in another edition of Rivalry Week. The winner of this epic duel will be well on their way to winning the annual Lexus Gauntlet as part of Fox Sports.

The Trojans and Bruins make for quite the heated affair during Conquest in November when the football teams square. Although the action is more newsworthy with bonfires, rallies and killer tailgates, this week in February provides quantity and championship-caliber quality for an entire week of cross-town action.

Volleyball, Swimming and Diving, Women’s Basketball, and Men’s Tennis have already  squared this week. These matches are just the tip of the iceberg however in what should be a tremendous week of action between the UCLA Bruins and the USC Trojans.

Here is an update schedule for all the exciting USC/UCLA sports action this week.

Jan. 30, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins head coach Ben Howland against the USC Trojans during the first half at Pauley Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Battle For LA Schedule:

LAST SATURDAY: No. 1 USC Defeat No. 12 UCLA Swimming 167.5-132.5 from Uyegnsu Aquatics Center

LAST SUNDAY: No. 2  USC Men’s Tennis Defeats No. 3 UCLA Men’s Tennis 4-3 in ITA National Indoor Championship Semi-Final

MONDAY: No. 7 UCLA Volleyball Defeats No. 10 USC 3-0 at Galen Center

TUESDAY: No. 16 UCLA Defeats USC 68-54 In Convincing Fashion

WEDNESDAY: Final Day of Prestige Open From La Quinta California Men’s Golf

FRIDAY: No. 4  UCLA at No. 3 USC Men’s Tennis at Marks Tennis Stadium

SUNDAY: UCLA at USC Men’s Basketball

SUNDAY: USC at UCLA Women’s Basketball

QUICK PERSONAL PLUG: USC Club Baseball vs. UCLA Club Baseball (3-Games)

Biggest Takeaway: 

The USC Trojans and UCLA Bruins have historically dominated the Olympic Sports, and once again these teams showcase their best athletes in the spring. Tennis, Volleyball, Swimming, Tennis, Golf, Basketball all square this week in what has been and will continue to be an epic ignition of the cross-town rivalry.

The most important matchup of the week may be basketball, for obvious reasons in terms of national attention and historic tradition. USC shocked UCLA in Pauley earlier this month, and do not be surprised if the Bob Cantu led Trojans can continue their hot ways and defeat the Bruins twice in a single month.

While basketball may get all the craze, Tennis may be the best bang for your buck this rivalry week. The USC Trojans have won four-straight national championships but are coming off a tough loss to top-ranked Virginia in five sets. The Bruins lost their last match to USC, and have given the Trojans trouble, including a victory at Marks Tennis Stadium last season.

Keep an eye out for some nasty arguments and livid cheers at the non-revenue sporrts this week as each school gets their shot to own the keys to the kingdom in Los Angeles.