With the BCS era culminating at the Rose Bowl, it’s gives us an excellent opportunity to reflect on the dominance USC routinely exhibited over Big 10 teams at the Grandaddy of Them All.
Heading into every season, the goal for the Trojans is to reach the Rose Bowl — anything greater than that is icing on the cake.
Under Pete Carroll, the Trojans were quite comfortable with the Arroyo Seco surrounding, winning in all but one of their January trips to Pasadena.
The lone loss came to Texas in the 2006 BCS Championship Game, which many regard as one of the, if not the best championship games ever played.
Outside of that, Carroll’s teams that reached Pasadena by way of conference titles were dominant. Carroll finished his Trojan coaching career 4-1 in Rose Bowl games.
The 2013 season began with the hope that the Trojans could once earn a spot in the storied bowl game, but a 3-2 start let plenty of air out of the balloon and the thought of a trip to Pasadena became laughable.
As the interim coach, Ed Orgeron was able to resuscitate that hope, but the Trojans still needed help from teams ahead of them in the standings, which never came.
With the playoff system forthcoming in 2014, take a moment to relive the Trojans’ glorious Rose Bowl appearances during the BCS era and vote on which game you believe was the best victory.