LOS ANGELES (CBS) — USC officials discovered the letters UCLA were painted on a practice field at USC, and the UCLA colors were painted on some flagpoles and a parking lot.

UCLA and USC meet Saturday in their annual football game Saturday, and a week of pranks traditionally precede the game.

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Earlier this week, red dye was dumped into three UCLA campus fountains, according to the Los Angeles Times. The dye did not permanently stain the Inverted Fountain, a Sculpture Garden fountain and the Shapiro Fountain near Royce Hall.

However, students on each campus are guarding the big targets – at USC, the statue of Tommy Trojan, and at UCLA, the “Bruin” bear statue, which last year was splashed with red and yellow paint.

84364098 10 UCLA Painted On USCs Practice Field

(credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Groundskeeping crews were cleaning up USC’s field and the blue and gold paint was being washed off the flagpoles parking lot.

The game will be held Saturday night at the Rose Bowl.

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