The Down Times Weren’t So Bad

Here are the football records for the last five years of Pac-12 members starting with the team with the best winning percentage. Most people would say these have been tough years for USC because of the brutal and unfair NCAA probation and USC’s wild coaching carousel.

Yet for a team which was often in so much turmoil, USC performed amazingly well, as illustrated by these numbers. USC (10-4, 10-3, 11-3) and Stanford (11-3, 12-2, 10-3) are the only teams to have a minimum of 10 wins on three different occasions.

FOOTBALL WINS IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS

1) Stanford  50-18 / .735 (Many would literally call this the golden age of Stanford football in the modern era, yet the Cardinal only won two more games than USC).

2) USC  48-20 / .706

3) Washington  46-21 / .687

4) Oregon  44-22 / .666

5) Utah  40-24 / .625

6) UCLA  —  38-26 / .594

7) Arizona State  —  38-27 / .585

8) Washington State  35-29 / .547

9) Arizona  35-30 / .538

10) Colorado  25-38 / .397

11) California  24-37 / .393

12) Oregon State 19-42 / .311

 

 

 

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Old_Trojans_never_die
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Looking at the numbers makes it seem bearable until you realize we beat ourselves in most of our losses. I hope this is a year we lose the mistake ball and start up the machine again.

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If USC doesn’t shoot themselves in the foot, I don’t see a game on the schedule they shouldn’t win.

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Especially when we were so out manned during the scholarship sanctions. I will never forget (because it happened directly in front of our seats) the ASU comeback when Pullard was so fatigued he couldn’t raise his arms to swat down the hail Mary.

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I Feel sorry for Hayes, Petros makes the fool of him regularly over that play.

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This is either a testament to how good USC is or how bad the pac 12 is. Which one, I’m not quite sure…

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Stanford and Oregon made the most of SC’s down time while on sanctions. Oregon won 75% of their games over the last 8 seasons. The Ducks have fallen off the last 3 years from when they were really rockin’. SC is place to be in the Pac 12 now. Every other team in the conference will be fair to good at best, only SC will be one of the elites in the country.

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Did they really, though? I know they did a lot. However, Oregon has been very good since before SC went on sanctions and goes all the way back to when SC was in the wilderness in the late 80’s (What year did they beat us in the Coliseum for the first time in years?). I think both did a lot. But neither won a NC even though both were poised to. I think that sealed their respective fates to slowly submerge back into the primordial ooze from which they came. And good riddance, too. That is the difference from them… Read more »

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Bobbo you’re in great form tonight!!

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Hahaha. Thanks, Pudly…I think.

On a hot streak at work. Feeling more than a little confident. A little Kiffin-esque!
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Minus the Denny’s menu…….(LOL!)

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Geez, that damn Denny’s menu–I had forgotten about that.

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My thoughts exactly, Paul. My thoughts exactly.

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I hate to be negative and all, but I wonder how this looks if we go back 10 years. Going back 5 years doesn’t rope in the Harbaugh years where he had our number and we had to endure the bowl ban. I think those years really color our judgment about whether USC and Stanford have enjoyed a better “recent” history. We are just now recovering against Stanford. This year’s game will go a long way to confirming whether the tide has turned or whether Stanford is still hanging with us. If we were solid at QB, I’d feel very… Read more »

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I would go back 8 years when Carroll left and the sanctions started. SC went 71-35 winning 67%, Stanford went 85-21 winning 80%. 2010-2012 Stanford was rolling with 3 one loss seasons. This season will confirm whether the current SC coaches can hang with the elite programs.

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But Stanford beat us Carroll’s last two years. Remember (I hate to bring this up because it still hurts) when they ran us out of the Coliseum? The infamous “Dude, what’s your problem” Back Slap Game??? I would say a decade is the perfect timetable with regards Stanford.

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Stanford and the rest of the Pac 12 had their chance when SC was on probation. Those days are over now. So much for UCLA taking ownership of LA! It will be fun to see how Helton and staff do with a full talented roster, and the QB competition. Stanford, Washington and Oregon may end up beating each other up. If the winner of the North ends up with 2-3 loses then media will say the Pac 12 is weak.

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I totally agree with you. And if we can just get through September, then look out at the end of the year. If we win the South, then I think we should be the favorite the Pac-12 Championship Game and win it. Jeeeze, I hope I am wrong about Helton and he really is good…or, at least, good enough. We should be scary good by the end of the year.

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Given the preposterous sanctions, SC’s record is remarkable. The conclusion is that SC compares itself to an Alabama (or SC during the PC years) rather than the rest of the Pac. Matt Lienart was I think 34-2 (losses to Cal and to Texas) and Sam Darnold’s record was 19-3 (losses to Utah, ND and OSU; Max Browne’s was 1-2). Alabama loses at best 1 game a year. Let’s see what the next QB at SC does. Fairly certain that QB will be JT Daniel, but we will see.

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Darnold lost to WSU also, the only Pac12 team he didn’t beat..

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That has to be galling to Coach Shaw at Stanford. They probably could not do any better than they did in the last 5 years. USC, UCLA, Oregon and Washington all were in periods of, or in constant upheaval in their respective football programs. The Tree should have been head and shoulders above the rest of the Pac-12 during this five year period…..

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I’ll be curious to see where stanfurd finishes this season. Washington seems to be everyone’s darling again and Cristobol at Oregon has some people’s attention. SBNation FPI thinks the dawgs should be ten point favs over all Pac12 opponents this season to get to the CCG. Stanfurd has to travel to both uw and Oregon, not an easy double against your toughest divisional rivals.

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Agree completely and raise you WSU. Don’t forget Wazzu coached by Leach. He coaches up well. And he has made a career of beating traditionally more powerful teams when they are weaker than normal. He is the proverbial, nay…the consummate ‘straw that stirs the drink’!

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I love that pirate, one of the real characters in the game right now. And he seems like he’s a real kid first kind of coach.

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Yeah, but I think he lost his Defensive Coordinator, who really made the WSU defense a problem for teams to go with that potent Leach Style offense. That will take the Coug’s down a couple of notches.

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That’s so true Atl, the defensive coordinator was a great game planner and kept them in most games even though they were under sized.