RoT Madness: 1st Round Results from USC Football Tournament


The first round of RoT Madness is in the books, with USC football legends like Marcus Allen, Ronnie Lott and Junior Seau sailing to historic victories.

If you were looking for first round upsets ousting USC football greats, RoT Madness struggled to deliver. Chalk reigned supreme, as only four lower seeds advanced.

Taylor Mays, Robert Woods and Willie McGinest all did so as No. 5 seeds over a No. 4. Of the eight Trojans given a No. 1 seed, six won with at least 96 percent of the vote.

The biggest upset is plucky No. 7 seed Sedrick Ellis, who toppled No. 2 Tim Ryan in the Defensive Line bracket. A 2007 All-American, Ellis won by just four votes.

Ron Yary was the only No. 1 seed to not win with at least 88 percent of votes, as he squeaked by Anthony Muñoz by seven percentage points.

Without further adieu let’s look at the updated USC football brackets, second round matchups and detailed results from the first round…

Defensive Backs (Downfield Region)

  • No. 1 Ronnie Lott defeats No. 8 Daylon McCutcheon with 99.1 percent of votes.
  • No. 2 Troy Polamalu defeats No. 7 Dennis Thurman with 93.9 percent of votes.
  • No. 3 Mark Carrier defeats No. 6 Tim McDonald with 68.9 percent of votes.
  • No. 5 Taylor Mays upsets No. 4 Dennis Smith with 51.5 percent of votes.

Receivers (Downfield Region)

  • No. 1 Keyshawn Johnson defeats No. 8 Fred Davis with 96.1 percent of votes.
  • No. 2 Mike Williams defeats No. 7 Johnnie Morton with with 85.9 percent of votes.
  • No. 3 Marqise Lee defeats No. 6 Lynn Swann with 53.9 percent of votes.
  • No. 5 Robert Woods defeats No. 4 Dwayne Jarrett with 51.9 percent of votes.

Running Backs (Backfield Region)

  • No. 1 Marcus Allen defeats No. 8 Sam Cunningham with 96.7 percent of votes.
  • No. 2 Reggie Bush defeats No. 7 Ricky Bell with 84.9 percent of votes.
  • No. 3 Charles White defeats No. 6 LenDale White with 84.6 percent of votes.
  • No. 4 O.J. Simpson defeats No. 5 Mike Garrett with 86.7 percent of votes.

Special Teams (Backfield Region)

  • No. 1 Anthony Davis defeats No. 8 Mike Battle with 96.9 percent of votes.
  • No. 2 Adoree’ Jackson defeats No. 7 Nelson Agholor with 97.6 percent of votes.
  • No. 3 Curtis Conway defeats No. 6 Quin Rodriguez with 91.3 percent of votes.
  • No. 4 R. Jay Soward defeats No. 5 Tom Malone with 57.2 percent of votes.

Quarterbacks (Pocket Region)

  • No. 1 Matt Leinart defeats No. 8 John David Booty with 97.6 percent of votes.
  • No. 2 Carson Palmer defeats No. 7 Mark Sanchez with 95.8 percent of votes.
  • No. 3 Rodney Peete defeats No. 6 Pat Haden with 65.4 percent of votes.
  • No. 4 Matt Barkley defeats No. 5 Paul McDonald with 56.7 percent of votes.

Offensive Linemen (Pocket Region)

  • No. 1 Ron Yary defeats No. 8 Anthony Muñoz with 53.6 percent of votes.
  • No. 2 Tony Boselli defeats No. 7 Matt Kalil with 78.3 percent of votes.
  • No. 3 Bruce Matthews defeats No. 6 Marvin Powell with 85.3 percent of votes.
  • No. 4 Brad Budde defeats No. 5 Sam Baker with 51.4 percent of votes.

Linebackers (Front Region)

  • No. 1 Junior Seau defeats No. 8 Chip Banks with 98.1 percent of votes.
  • No. 2 Richard Wood defeats No. 7 Jack Del Rio with 65.1 percent of votes.
  • No. 3 Chris Claiborne defeats No. 6 Lofa Tatupu with 74.4 percent of votes.
  • No. 4 Rey Maualuga defeats No. 5 Matt Grootegoed with 78.9 percent of votes.

Defensive Linemen (Front Region)

  • No. 1 Leonard Williams defeats No. 8 Jimmy Gunn with 89.0 percent of votes.
  • No. 3 Shaun Cody defeats No. 6 Mike Patterson with 74.0 percent of votes.
  • No. 5 Willie McGinest upset No. 4 Kenechi Udeze with 65.6 percent of votes.
  • No. 7 Sedrick Ellis defeats No. 2 Tim Ryan with 50.9 percent of votes

With the first round all over, second round voting will open Monday morning on, with the polls closing Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. Pacific.

The early matchups to watch for are Heisman winners Marcus Allen vs. O.J. Simpson meeting in the running backs bracket, along with Carson Palmer squaring off against Rodney Peete among quarterbacks.

The winner of RoT Madness will be announced Friday, April 14 on the eve of USC football’s annual Spring Game at the LA Coliseum.