1978 USC Trojans football team

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1978 USC Trojans football
Interlocking USC Logo.svg
National Champions (Coaches Poll)
Rose Bowl Champions
Pac-10 Champions
Rose Bowl, W 17–10 vs. Michigan
Conference Pacific-10 Conference
Ranking
Coaches #1
AP #2
1978 record 12–1 (6–1 Pac-10)
Head coach John Robinson
Home stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Seasons
« 1977 1979 »
1978 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2 USC 6 1 0     12 1 0
#14 UCLA 6 2 0     8 3 1
Washington 6 2 0     7 4 0
Arizona State 4 3 0     9 3 0
#17 Stanford 4 3 0     8 4 0
California 3 4 0     6 5 0
Arizona 3 4 0     5 6 0
Oregon 2 5 0     2 9 0
Oregon State 2 6 0     3 7 1
Washington State 1 7 0     3 7 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1978 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California in the 1978 NCAA Division I-A football season. Following the season, the Trojans were crowned national champions according to the Coaches Poll. While Alabama claimed the AP Poll title because it had defeated top-ranked Penn State on the field, the Trojans pointed out that they had also only lost once and had beaten Alabama in the regular season.

Schedule[edit]

The Trojans finished the regular season with an 11–1 record before going on to defeat the Michigan Wolverines 17–10 in the Rose Bowl.

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 9 Texas Tech* #9 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA W 17–9   50,321
September 16 at Oregon #8 Autzen StadiumEugene, OR W 37–10   31,000
September 23 vs. #1 Alabama* #7 Legion FieldBirmingham, AL W 24–14   77,313
September 29 Michigan State* #3 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA W 30–9   65,319
October 14 at Arizona State #2 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ L 7–20   70,138
October 21 Oregon Statedagger #7 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA W 38–7   53,734
October 28 California #6 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA W 42–17   56,954
November 4 at Stanford #6 Stanford StadiumPalo Alto, CA W 13–7   84,084
November 11 #19 Washington #5 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA W 28–10   54,071
November 18 at #14 UCLA #5 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA (Battle for the Victory Bell) W 17–10   90,387
November 25 #8 Notre Dame* #3 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA (Notre Dame – USC rivalry) W 27–25   84,256
December 2 at Hawaii* #3 Aloha StadiumHonolulu, HI W 21–5   48,767
January 1 vs. #5 Michigan* #3 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (1979 Rose Bowl) W 17–10   105,629
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Game notes[edit]

Notre Dame[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Notre Dame 3 0 3 19 25
USC 6 11 7 3 27

[1]


1978 Team Players in the NFL[edit]

  • Marcus Allen
  • Chip Banks
  • Rich Dimler
  • Ronnie Lott
  • Anthony Munoz
  • Charles White
  • Brad Budde
  • Garry Cobb
  • Larry Braziel
  • Paul McDonald

Ricky Gray

Awards and honors[edit]

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