UCLA’s celebration proves they’re nowhere near USC football as a program

USC football “rival” UCLA beat Southern Alabama by one point (32-31) on Saturday, and celebrated as if the “South” ahead of “Southern Alabama “wasn’t even there. Check out the wild celebration that was posted to Twitter following the Bruins’ Week 3 contest here:

Now imagine USC doing this. Imagine how heavily criticized USC would be if they celebrated a one-point victory against a group of five team that went 5-7 last year. It wasn’t just a party, it was a locker room party.

Just imagine the reaction if USC was going to pop water bottles, jump in unison, shout in unison and sing in unison over a one-point win over South Alabama. Funny enough, Reign of Troy’s Alicia de Artola Castillo talked about it on Twitter:

It’s true. USC would have been oblivion on Twitter if this had happened in their locker room. This shows how low the standards of UCLA’s horrible curriculum are.

It’s interesting, because UCLA wants to be on the same level as USC, and go to the Big Ten like USC, and talk trash to USC on the field like they try to do. Unfortunately for them, however, the reality is that the Bruins aren’t even close to the type of program USC is.

USC football wouldn’t even treat a one-point win over South Alabama as a win. But, when a program is like UCLA and hasn’t finished ranked in a season since 2014, beating Southern Alabama by one point is apparently a huge accomplishment. When a program is like UCLA and hasn’t won the conference since 1998, beating South Alabama by one point is apparently a huge accomplishment.

Thank goodness USC’s standards don’t even come close to being in the same stratosphere as UCLA’s.

USC just went through a 12-year streak with a mediocre (at best) head coach, but still won a conference in that span, still won a Rose Bowl in that span, and still won double-digit wins (or pace for double-digit wins if a full season was played in 2020) five times in those 12 seasons.

UCLA, on the other hand, has won double-digit games twice in the past 16 years. They have never won a Rose Bowl in the past 36 years. They have finished ranked twice in the last 16 seasons. USC with Lane Kiffin, Steve Sarkisian and Clay Helton at the helm has finished ranked six times in the past 12 years.

Keep in mind this was even after USC was hit with the death penalty, which not only took away tons of scholarships from USC for no reason, but also prevented them from playing the games of Pac-12 championship and bowl games for two playoff series. They were still significantly better than the Bruins during that span.

Again, the standards are so different between USC and UCLA that it’s not even funny. However, some couldn’t hold back their laughter after watching this celebration. Ex-USC Tight End Randall Telfer thought it was hysterical. It’s hard to blame him:

Why is this particularly noteworthy? Because UCLA wanted to follow USC into the Big Ten. However, if UCLA barely beats the worst teams in the Five-Eyed Group by one point, they are clearly far from ready for a big-boy conference. And one of the main reasons insiders have cited UCLA’s permission to enter the Big Ten is their relationship and connection to USC.

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They want to be joined at the hip with USC. They want to be on the same level as USC. However, the big brother is so far ahead of the little one in Los Angeles that all UCLA going to the Big Ten could mean is a free win for the Trojans. After all, USC leads the all-time series 49-33-7. So much for the tight “rivalry”.

Ryan H. Bowman