Top 15 college football programs this century

[tps_title]6. USC Trojans[/tps_title]

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The Trojans should have been No. 1 on this list if not for a few self-destructing circumstances.

If you were to ask any college football fan around the year 2008 which school had owned the decade, USC would have been many people’s choices. It is truly ironic but also a little tragic that the Trojans destroyed their own dynasty.

From 2002-08, the Pete Carroll-led Trojans had lost only eight games. They also had gone to a BCS game every year in that stretch and had four seasons of one loss or less. Each year the Trojans had at least 11 wins and finished in the top five each of those years. That stretch is one of immense power and also adds to just how far the Trojans had to go to ruin their reputation into becoming the program they are today.

The current state of affairs in Los Angeles are that fellow rival UCLA has the spotlight in the city. The battle for Los Angeles has been won by the Bruins in three of the last four years. This was a rivalry that at one point was exemplified by Rey Maualuga annihilating UCLA quarterback Patrick Cowan sliding out of bounds.

USC was a school to be feared and they had the moxie and talent to back up their talk.

A poorly thought-out hire of Lane Kiffin, NCAA sanctions against Carroll and the school for the 2005 campaign, and finishing in the top 25 in only three of the last six seasons add to this giant collapsing on itself. The real tragedy is that it seems the Trojans program is gone for good, or at least for the near future, from any discussion of elite status.

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They simply haven’t regained the magic that had them as the best program in the country a decade ago.

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