The college football season is halfway over, and USC Football and UCLA are both ranked inside the top 11. Los Angeles' USC is ranked as the No. 7 team in the nation, and Los Angeles' UCLA is ranked as the No. 11 team. No other city in the country has two teams in the top 11.
Sure, there are six cities with a college football team ranked ahead of L.A.'s best, but none of them have two teams in the top 11 of course. Nobody's even close. It's a wild turn of events, as everyone claimed all offseason that L.A. isn't a college football city.
It was especially stupid to say this considering that L.A. is of course home to the University of Southern California, which is the second-greatest college football program in history. While it was fair to criticize UCLA, who has an awful college football history, even they are doing well so far this season. Both teams are 6-0.
As for USC, they have outscored their opponents 241-112. Keep in mind, SC doesn't play FCS teams at all. UCLA can't relate, and isn't quite at the level USC is at yet this year, but they still have impressed in their own way. This past week, they beat then No. 11 Utah (currently No. 20) by a score of 42-32. The two L.A. schools are the two highest-ranked teams in their Power 5 conference.
USC Football QB Caleb Williams and UCLA QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson have been excellent so far this season.
For USC Football, QB1 Williams has posted a 14:1 TD:INT ratio on the year (while also running for three touchdowns with no fumbles). For UCLA, Dorian Thompson-Robinson has averaged 9.3 yards per pass attempt as well as 10.6 adjusted yards per pass attempt. Both have been very difficult to defend for opponents this year.
Both the schools' offenses in general have been terrific--with USC scoring 40.2 points per game (15th in the nation) and UCLA scoring 41.5 points per game (10th in the nation). While the Bruins' defense has been lackluster, and allowing 22.7 points per game, USC's has held it down for Los Angeles.
SC's defense is second nationally in turnovers forced (15), tied for 12th in tackles for loss (45), first in sacks (24), 17th in team passing efficiency defense (111.14), tied for second in defensive touchdowns (three), first in interceptions forced (12), and tied for first in interceptions ran back for touchdowns (three).
It's safe to say that L.A. looks like a college football city, as college football sits here with half the season gone. Throughout history, it has been USC carrying the city of Los Angeles' college football scene. This year, USC has obviously still been better so far, but UCLA has finally decided to chip in themselves. It makes for quite the football landscape in the city of angels.