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CFN 5-Year Program Rankings - No. 1 USC
USC WR Damian Williams
USC WR Damian Williams
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Aug 27, 2009


USC is No. 1, and it's not even close. Over the last five years, no one has won more FBS games, no one has been better at such a high level, and no one has sent more players to the NFL. While USC might be the best program in college football, there's a fight for the rest of the top ten. Check out CFN's 2009 Five-Year Program Rankings and Analysis.


1. USC 
Program Rankings

- CFN Scoring System
- 2009 CFN Preview
- No. 1 USC
- No. 2 Texas
- No. 3 Oklahoma
- No. 4 Ohio State
- No. 5 Florida
- No. 6 Georgia
- No. 7 LSU
- No. 8 Virginia Tech
- No. 9 Auburn
- No. 10 Michigan
- 11 to 20
- 21 to 40
- 41 to 60
- 61 to 80
- 81 to 100
- 101 to 120

Total Five-Year Program Score: 141.67

Not only is USC the No; 1 program yet again, it took over the top spot in 2005, but it's the king of the hill by a huge, HUGE margin. Unless this is an 0-12 season, no one's catching Pete Carroll's club for the foreseeable future after winning a whopping 59 FBS  games over the last five years, four more than Texas, six more than Oklahoma, and eight more than Boise State, while showing what it can do when the lights are on with a whopping Elite Win score of 9.5, 1.5 better than Auburn. And it's easy to see why there's all this success.

SEC fans might complain that USC has the luxury of playing in the Pac 10, and that's true to a point, but it's not like USC ducks anyone in non-conference play and it has been tough in the bowls. But the real reason for all the wins is the talent level. Carroll brings in the top players and has backups who end up playing big roles at the next level. Ohio State has sent 30 players to the NFL over the last five years. .Oklahoma is a hair behind having sent 29 to the league of mercenaries. USC has had 43 players drafted over the last five years. That means in a given year, at least half the starters are good enough to be getting paid to play (keep your Reggie Bush comments to yourself).

Seven straight 11-plus win seasons, seven straight BCS appearances, and six BCS wins, with the lone gaffe the all-timer of a national championship loss to Vince Young and Texas. USC has the best program in college football, and it isn't even close. Now the national titles have to start rolling in to cement this as one of the greatest runs of all-time.

Attendance Score: 8.84
2004: 85,229, 2005: 90,812, 2006: 91,480, 2007: 87,476, 2008: 86,793

APR Score: 8

Draft: 43
2005: WR Mike Williams, DT Mike Patterson, DT Shaun Cody, LB Lofa Tatupu, QB Matt Cassel, DT Manuel Wright
2006:
RB Reggie Bush, QB Matt Leinart, OT Winston Justice, OG Deuce Latui, RB LenDale White, DE Frostee Rucker, TE Dominique Byrd, DB Darnell Bing, RB David Kirtman, DT LaJuan Ramsey, OG Fred Matua
2007:
WR Dwayne Jarrett, WR Steve Smith, C Ryan Kalil, LB Dallas Sartz, LB Oscar Lua
2008:
DT Sedrick Ellis, LB Keith Rivers, OT Sam Baker, DE Lawrence Jackson, OG Chilo Rachal, TE Fred Davis, DB Terrell Thomas, QB John David Booty, LB Thomas Williams, RB Chauncey Washington
2009:
QB Mark Sanchez, LB Brian Cushing, LB Clay Matthews Jr., LB Rey Maualuga, DT Fili Moala, WR Patrick Turner, LB Kaluka Maiava, DE Kyle Moore, PK David Buehler, DB Cary Harris, DB Kevin Ellison

FBS Wins: 59

Quality Wins: 28
2004: Virginia Tech, California Arizona State, Oregon State, Oklahoma (Orange Bowl)
2005:
at Oregon, at Arizona State, at Notre Dame, at California, Fresno State, UCLA
2006:
at Arkansas, Nebraska, Arizona State, Oregon, California, Notre Dame, Michigan (Rose Bowl)
2007:
Oregon State, at California, at Arizona State, Illinois (Rose Bowl)
2008:
Ohio State, Oregon, at Arizona, California, Notre Dame, Penn State (Rose Bowl)

Elite Win Score: 9.5
2004: Virginia Tech (in Landover, MD), California, Oklahoma (Orange Bowl)
2005:
at Oregon, at Notre Dame, UCLA
2006:
Michigan (Rose Bowl)
2007:
at Arizona State
2008:
Penn State (Rose Bowl)

Bad Loss Score: 0

Elite Losses: 1
2005: Texas (Rose Bowl)

Bad Wins: 9
2004: Washington, Arizona
2005:
Arizona, at Washington
2006:
at Stanford
2007:
Idaho, at Notre Dame
2008:
at Washington State, Washington

Conf. Score: 8.84
2004: 8-0, 2005: 8-0, 2006: 7-2, 2007: 792, 2008: 8-1