In the 15 Rose Bowls played from 1966 to 1980, USC or UCLA played in 12 of them.Even with the rise of Don James' Washington Huskies in the 1980s and early 90s, UCLA or USC still went to the Rose Bowl seven times between 19.Los Angeles Times sportswriter Braven Dyer predicted on the day of the first football meeting on September 28, 1929, "In years to come, this game will probably be one of the football spectacles of the West" USC dominated the early games (so much so, that after the first two games, the series was suspended for five years and they did not play each other from 1931 to 1935) until UCLA established itself.
Activities include parades, bonfires, rallies, and live entertainment.
Also, both schools take steps to prevent vandalism of two major landmarks on campus: USC wraps its Trojan Shrine (better known as "Tommy Trojan") in bubble wrap and duct tape, while UCLA covers its Bruin Bear statue with tarp stating "THE BRUIN BEAR IS HIBERNATING.
Likewise, UCLA has won 19 NCAA Championships in Men's Volleyball, 11 in Softball, and 7 in Women's Water Polo, also the most of any school in those sports.
UCLA ranks second overall in NCAA team championships, with 115, behind Stanford, with 116.
The Lexus Gauntlet is the name given to a competition between UCLA and USC in the 18 varsity sports that both compete in head-to-head; in 2003, 2005, and 2007 UCLA won the Lexus Gauntlet Trophy, while USC won the trophy in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2009 (the first back-to-back win).
After the 2009 season, Lexus stopped sponsoring the award, and the winner has been tracked less formally.
Upon the arrival of their new head coach John Mc Kay (1960–1975), USC entered a new golden age in their storied history.
During Mc Kay's tenure, the Trojans won 8 conference titles, 5 Rose Bowls, produced two Heisman Trophy winners (Mike Garrett and O. Simpson) and won three National Championships (1962, 1967, and 1972) and shared one (1974).
They also rank second in men's NCAA team championships with 72, and second (behind Stanford) in women's NCAA team championships with 39.
USC ranks higher than UCLA and first in the nation in men's NCAA team championships with 84; it is 3rd overall with 104 NCAA titles (behind UCLA and Stanford) .
Only Stanford University, with 115, has more, while USC has the third most NCAA Division I-sanctioned team championships at 104. The rivalry between the two is among the more unusual in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I sports, because the campuses are only 12 miles (19 km) apart, and both are located within the same megacity.