It had to end sometime, but few would have guessed USC's reign over the Pac-10 would end with such a thud.
After enduring the worst defeat of the
Barring an absolute collapse by a few teams, USC will not win the Pac-10 title or play in a BCS bowl. When some other school finally clinches, it will break a string of seven consecutive Pac-10 titles for the Trojans. During that stretch, USC went 82-9 and 6-1 in BCS bowls. No other school in the BCS era can boast that kind of dominance.
Carroll famously told his players to "win forever," but in the age of 85 scholarships and a cable channel for every game, no program can dominate forever. Eventually, the players who didn't feel like waiting behind all the All-Americas at USC bolstered the strength of other programs. Eventually, the hotshot assistants left for head-coaching gigs. One of those former assistants,
This was going to happen at some point. USC won't stay down long, though. Quarterback
The king is dead. Long live the new king (Harbaugh) and his $50,000 throne.