We're No. 1!!

Dec. 7, 2003

The final regular season AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls have been released and the University of Southern California football team is ranked No. 1 in both of them.

This assures USC of a chance to play for a least a share of its first national championship--and ninth overall--since 1978, regardless of whether it plays in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans or in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

The AP poll is not bound to vote for the BCS title game champion, so if USC retains its top spot after winning its bowl game, it would be crowned the AP national title winner, regardless of the BCS championship game result.

In the AP poll, USC received 42 first-place votes to second-place LSU's 21. No. 3 Oklahoma--which lost to Kansas State, 35-7, on Saturday, received two first-place votes. In the Coaches' poll, USC had 37 first place votes to LSU's 18, with Oklahoma getting eight.

It's been a long time coming for USC. The Trojans have not been ranked first in either poll since the week of Oct. 3, 1981. It also marks the first time since the 1972 national championship season that USC will be ranked No. 1 in the polls heading into its bowl game.

Trojan coach Pete Carroll could join Howard Jones, John McKay and John Robinson as USC football coaches who have won national titles at USC.

The BCS selection show takes place on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 2:30 p.m. PT.

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