Trojans Make It Official

Dec. 5, 2004

By Chris Dufresne
Times Staff Writer

It's official.

USC finished No.1 in Sunday's final BCS standings and Texas passed California for the coveted No. 4 position and wrecked Cal's dream of playing in its first Rose Bowl since 1959, the Times has learned.

As expected, 12-0 USC and 12-0 Oklahoma finished No.1 and No.2 in the final standings and will meet Jan. 4 in the Orange Bowl for the BCS national title.

Auburn, which also finished the season undefeated at 12-0, finished third in the BCS and will play in the Sugar Bowl.

Texas won the battle for the final at-large spot despite finishing behind Cal in both human polls.

Cal finished fourth in final Associated Press poll while Texas finished sixth, one spot behind No. 5 Utah.

Cal also finished fourth in the USA TODAY/ESPN Coaches' poll while Texas finished fifth.

Texas, however, was able to trim enough of Cal's points lead in the polls to pass the Golden Bears in the final standings.

Cal entered the weekend with a .0013 lead over Texas but apparently its 26-16 victory over Southern Mississippi on Saturday night was not convincing enough for several voting and writers and coaches.