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2003 USC Trojans football
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Associated Press National Champions
FWAA National Champions
Rose Bowl Champions
Pac-10 Champions
Rose Bowl vs. Michigan, W 28–14
Conference Pacific-10 Conference
Coaches #2
AP #1
2003 record 12–1 (7–1 Pac-10)
Head coach Pete Carroll
Offensive coordinator Norm Chow

Home stadium

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
« 2002 2004 »

The 2003 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California 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 California, 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.[1]



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.[2][3]

Its legacy included many NFL Draft picks over several years, including four first round picks.[4]

2004 NFL Draft:

2006 NFL Draft:

2007 NFL Draft:

2008 NFL Draft:


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

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30* at #6 Auburn #8 Jordan-Hare StadiumAuburn, AL CBS W 23–0   86,063
September 6* BYU #5 Los Angeles ColiseumLos Angeles, CA ABC W 35–18   75,315
September 13* Hawaii #4 Los Angeles Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA FSN W 61–32   73,654
September 27 at California #3 Memorial StadiumBerkeley, CA FSN L 31–34 3OT  51,208
October 4 at Arizona State #10 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ ABC W 37–17   56,527
October 11 Stanford #9 Los Angeles Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA FSN W 44–21   68,341
October 18* at Notre Dame #4 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN NBC W 45–14   80,795
October 25 at Washington #4 Husky StadiumSeattle, WA ABC W 43–23   72,015
November 1† #6 Washington State #3 Los Angeles Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA ABC W 43–16   82,478
November 15 at Arizona #2 Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ TBS W 45–0   39,201
November 22 UCLA #2 Los Angeles Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA ABC W 47–22   93,172
December 6 Oregon State #2 Los Angeles Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA ABC W 52–28   73,864
January 1, 2004* vs. #4 Michigan #1 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) ABC W 28–14   93,849
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game.

Game Notes



USC opened the season visiting Auburn University: 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.[5]

2003 Team Players in the NFL


  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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