|2003 USC Trojans football|
AP Poll national champion
Rose Bowl champion
|2003 record||12–1 (7–1 Pac-10)|
|Head coach||Pete Carroll (3rd season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Norm Chow (3rd season)|
|Home stadium||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 92,000, grass)|
|2003 Pacific-10 football standings|
|No. 1 USC $||7||–||1||12||–||1|
|No. 9 Washington State||6||–||2||10||–||3|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 2003 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California in the 2003 NCAA Division I-A 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 National Championship Game by 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 game 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. 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 with 48 of the 65 votes, 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. Their offensive players include QB#10 Matt Cassel (JR), QB#11 Matt Leinart (SO), RB#40 Brandon Hancock (SO), RB#34 Hershel Dennis (SO), WR#7 Sandy Fletcher (SR), WR#19 Greig Carlson (SO), WR#31 William Buchanon (SO), WR#83 Keary Colbert (SR), WR#82 Chris McFoy (FR), WR#15 Jason Mitchell (SO), WR#2 Steve Smith (FR), RB#23 Chauncey Washington (FR), RB#35 Lee Webb (JR), RB#21 Lendale White (FR), WR#1 Mike Williams (SO), RB#28 Andre Woodert (FR), TE#44 Gregg Guenther (SO), and RB#37 David Kirtman (SO).
With the late arrival of highly touted quarterback John David Booty, who left high school a year early to attend USC, the Trojans' 2003 recruiting class was considered by some to be the best in the country.
- Will Poole (Round 4, Pick 102)
- Steve Smith (Round 2, Pick 51)
- Eric Wright (Finished career at UNLV, Round 2, Pick 53)
- Ryan Kalil (Round 2, Pick 59)
- Sedrick Ellis (Round 1, Pick 7)
- Sam Baker (Round 1, Pick 21)
- Lawrence Jackson (Round 1, Pick 28)
- Terrell Thomas (Round 2, Pick 63)
- John David Booty (Round 5, Pick 137)
- Thomas Williams (Round 5, Pick 155)
- Chauncey Washington (Round 7, Pick 213)
The Trojans finished the season with a 12–1 record, 7–1 in the Pac-10.
|August 30||3:00 p.m.||at No. 6 Auburn*||No. 8||CBS||W 23–0||86,063|
|September 6||5:00 p.m.||BYU*||No. 5||ABC||W 35–18||75,315|
|September 13||1:00 p.m.||Hawaii*||No. 4||FSN||W 61–32||73,654|
|September 27||3:30 p.m.||at California||No. 3||FSN||L 31–34 3OT||51,208|
|October 4||12:30 p.m.||at Arizona State||No. 10||ABC||W 37–17||56,527|
|October 11||7:00 p.m.||Stanford||No. 9||FSN||W 44–21||68,341|
|October 18||11:30 a.m.||at Notre Dame*||No. 4||NBC||W 45–14||80,795|
|October 25||12:30 p.m.||at Washington||No. 4||ABC||W 43–23||72,015|
|November 1||4:00 p.m.||No. 6 Washington State||No. 3||ABC||W 43–16||82,478|
|November 15||4:00 p.m.||at Arizona||No. 2||TBS||W 45–0||39,201|
|November 22||12:30 p.m.||UCLA||No. 2||ABC||W 47–22||93,172|
|December 6||1:30 p.m.||Oregon State||No. 2||ABC||W 52–28||73,864|
|January 1, 2004||1:30 p.m.||vs. No. 4 Michigan*||No. 1||ABC||W 28–14||93,849|
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 dominating 23–0 performance.
|2003 USC Trojans football team roster|
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