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The 2003 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern Californiamarker in the 2003-2004 NCAA Division I-A college football season. They were named the Associated Press and Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) National Champions but were denied a spot in the BCS Championship Game due to controversy with the BCS selections for the national championship game.

The regular season ended with three one-loss teams in BCS contention: Oklahoma, LSU and USC. USC ended the regular season ranked #1 and LSU #2 in both the AP Poll and the Coaches' Poll. USC lost one triple-overtime at , which finished 8-6; LSU had a 12-point home loss against a Florida team that went 8-5; Oklahoma, which had been ranked #1 for most of the season, fell to #3 after suffering a 35–7 defeat in the 2003 Big 12 Championship Game to Kansas State, which finished 11-4. Controversy erupted when the BCS computers selected Oklahoma-LSU as the BCS title game; leading to protests from USC supporters. During the bowl games, USC had a convincing 28–14 win over #4 Michigan in the Rose Bowl while LSU beat Oklahoma 21–14 in the Sugar Bowl (designated the BCS title game). USC remained #1 in the final AP Poll and LSU was ranked, by contractual obligation, #1 in the final Coaches' Poll, though three coaches did not follow instructions and voted USC #1 in that poll as well.

Recruiting

With the late arrival of highly touted quarterback John David Booty, who left high school a year early to attend USC, the Trojan's 2003 recruiting class was considered by some to be the best in the country.

Its legacy included many NFL Draft picks over several years, including four first round picks.

2004 NFL Draft: 2006 NFL Draft: 2007 NFL Draft: 2008 NFL Draft:

Schedule

The Trojans finished the season with a 12-1 record, 7-1 in the Pac-10.[412079]

Game Notes

Auburn

USC opened the season visiting Auburn Universitymarker: the Tigers were also ranked in the top-10 and had been named a pre-season favorite to be the national champion by at least one major news organization. In his first start, quarterback Matt Leinart led the Trojans on a domineering 23-0 performance that signaled that USC's rise in 2002 was unlikely to be a fluke.

2003 Team Players in the NFL



References

  1. Ted Miller, BCS system leaves long trail of wounded victims, ESPN.com, May 20, 2008, Accessed May 20, 2008.
  2. Jamie Newberg, Upon further review ..., SI.com, May 22, 2003, Accessed April 30, 2008.
  3. USC wins on recruiting trail by grabbing California talent, USA TODAY, February 6, 2003.
  4. 2003 USC FOOTBALL SIGNEES, USC Trojans - Official Site, Accessed April 30, 2008.
  5. Pat Forde, The Dash is off and running, ESPN.com, August 28, 2007


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