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Every USC Football Team Ranked by Pythagorean Record+Strength of Schedule

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


College football reference has a ratings system combining pythagorean record and strength of schedule.  Works for me.  Here is the history of USC football.  



  1. 1972 30.33 Won National Title, Won Rose Bowl Rae, Cunningham, ADavis, Swann, Young,
  2. 1931 28.05 Won Rose Bowl, Shaver
  3. 1932 26.25 Won Rose Bowl, Griffith, Brown
  4. 2004 26.06 Won National Title, Won Orange Bowl Leinart, White, Bush, Byrd, Smith, Jarrett, Tatupu, Bing
  5. 1978 25.51 Won National Title, Won Rose Bowl McDonald, White, Cain, Allen, Budde, Van Horne, Munoz, Banks, Lott, Smith
  6. 2005 24.57 Lost Rose Bowl Leinart, Bush, White, Smith, Jarrett, Byrd, Bing, Maualuga, Rivers, Rucker
  7. 2002 24.19 Won Orange Bowl Palmer, Fargas, Colbert, Williams, Polamalu
  8. 1952 24.06 Won Rose Bowl Bozanic, Goux
  9. 1979 23.95 Won Rose Bowl McDonald, White, Allen, Budde, Van Horne, Banks, Lott, Smith, Browner
  10. 1962 23.29 Won National Title, Won Rose Bowl Beathard
  11. 2003 23.14 Won National Title, Won Rose Bowl, Leinart, White, Bush, Colbert, Williams, Byrd, Tatupu, Bing, Rucker, Patterson,
  12. 2008 22.24 Won Rose Bowl Sanchez, McKnight, Havili, Maualuga, Cushing,
  13. 1988 22.2 Lost Rose Bowl Peete, Seau, Carrier
  14. 1969 21.93 Won Rose Bowl, Jones, Davis, Chandler, 
  15. 1982 21.05 Salisbury, Matthews, Mosebar, Bickett, Del Rio, Browner
  16. 1976 21.01 Won Rose Bowl Evans, Bell, White, Budde, Powell, Martin, Matthews, Thurman
  17. 1974 20.9 Won Rose Bowl Haden, Bell, Davis, Powell, Matthews
  18. 1947 20.68 Lost Rose Bowl Salata
  19. 1965 20.65 Winslow, Garrett, Yary,
  20. 1929 20.48 Won Rose Bowl Shaver
  21. 1949 20.47 Gifford
  22. 2006 20.36 Won Rose Bowl Booty, Gable, Jarrett, Smith, Davis, Havili, Mays, Maualuga, Cushing
  23. 1967 20.33 Won Rose Bowl Sogge, Simpson, Yary,
  24. 1933 19.91
  25. 1930 19.89
  26. 1980 19.82 Adams, Allen, Foster, Matthews, Mosebar, Van Horne, Browner, Banks, Lott, Smith
  27. 1973 19.64 Lost Rose Bowl Haden, Davis, Swann,
  28. 1970 19.6 Jones, Cunningham, Davis, Chandler, Young,
  29. 1938 18.35 Won Rose Bowl
  30. 1989 18.32 Won Rose Bowl Marinovich, Seau, Carrier,
  31. 2007 18.1 Won Rose Bowl Booty, Havili, Johnson, Davis, Maualuga, Mays,
  32. 1964 17.84 Fertig, Garrett
  33. 1955 17.38 Arnett
  34. 1939 17 Won Rose Bowl
  35. 1977 16.95 Won Bluebonnet Bowl Hertel, White, Tatupu, Budde, Munoz, Matthews, Thurman, Lott
  36. 1971 16.63 Jones, Cunningham, Swann, Young,
  37. 1968 16.62 Lost Rose Bowl Sogge, Simpson, Chandler,
  38. 1928 16.49
  39. 1926 16.38
  40. 1963 15.77 Beathard, Garrett,
  41. 1927 15.68
  42. 1966 15.54 Lost Rose Bowl Winslow, Yary,
  43. 1948 15.38
  44. 1981 15.17 Lost Fiesta Bowl Mazur, Allen, Foster, Matthews, Mosebar, Banks, Del Rio, Browner
  45. 1959 14.86 Prukop, Mix
  46. 2011 14.83 Barkley, Tyler, Woods, Kalil, Farmer, McDonald
  47. 1956 14.67 Arnett
  48. 2013 14.17 Won Las Vegas Bowl Kessler, Lee, Allen, Agholor
  49. 1951 14.11
  50. 1975 13.49 Won Liberty Bowl Evans, Bell, Powell, Martin, Matthews, Thurman
  51. 1936 13.25
  52. 1954 13.22 Lost Rose Bowl Arnett
  53. 1987 12.96 Peete, Carrier
  54. 1925 12.85
  55. 1993 12.76 Won Freedom Bowl Johnson, Morton, Boselli, McGinest, Sehorn, Knight
  56. 1998 12.73 Lost Sun Bowl Fox, Morton, Soward, Claiborne,
  57. 1986 12.45 Lost Citrus Bowl Peete, Bregel, McDonald
  58. 1994 12.41 Won Cotton Bowl Johnson, Johnson, Boselli, Russell, Kelly, Knight
  59. 1995 11.47 Won Rose Bowl Wachholtz, Johnson, Russell, Kelly, Knight,
  60. 1990 11.42 Lost Sun Bowl Marinovich, Ervins, Morton, Deese, Harlow,
  61. 1924 11.32 Won LA Christmas Festival
  62. 1953 11.05 Bozanic
  63. 1992 10.94 Lost Freedom Bowl Johnson, Conway, Morton, Boselli, McGinest, Sehorn
  64. 2012 10.62 Lost Sun Bowl Barkley, Lee, Woods, Redd, McDonald
  65. 1997 10.22 Fox, Soward, Claiborne, Kelly,
  66. 1944 10.17 Won Rose Bowl
  67. 1922 10.08 Won Rose Bowl
  68. 1923 9.96
  69. 2010 9.7 Barkley, Tyler, Havili, McDonald, Galippo,
  70. 1984 9.39 Won Rose Bowl Green Bregel, Ruettgers, Bickett, Del Rio, McDonald
  71. 2009 9.11 Won Emerald Bowl Barkley, McKnight, Havili, Mays,
  72. 1946 9.11
  73. 2001 8.91 Lost Las Vegas Bowl Palmer, Colbert, Cody, Polamalu
  74. 1996 8.23 Otton, Russell, Kelly
  75. 1941 7.78
  76. 1940 7.69
  77. 1937 7.64
  78. 1942 7.41
  79. 1985 6.62 Lost Aloha Bowl Salisbury, Bregel, McDonald
  80. 1958 5.74 Wood, Mix
  81. 1991 5.27 Perry, Morton, Conway, Boselli, Deese, McGinest,
  82. 1935 4.79
  83. 1999 4.62 Palmer, Soward, Polamalu
  84. 2000 4.37 Palmer, Colbert, Polamalu
  85. 1934 3.24
  86. 1943 2.83 Won Rose Bowl
  87. 1960 2.64 Prukop,
  88. 1950 2.06
  89. 1983 2.04 Salisbury, Ruettgers, Bickett, Del Rio,
  90. 1961 1.41 Nelsen
  91. 1945 -1.28 Lost Rose Bowl
  92. 1957 -3.07 Wood, Mix 

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