USC FOOTBALL: The Definition Of "America's Team"

Doug UrschelCorrespondent IAugust 11, 2009

LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 2:  Wide Receiver Ben Obomanu #2 of the Auburn Tigers is gang tackled by the USC defense during the first quarter at The Los Angeles Coliseum on September 2, 2002 in Los Angeles, California.  USC defeated Auburn 24-17.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The NFL Dallas Cowboys are referred to as "America's Team."

In college, the University of Southern California football is "America's Team." 

I've selected a photograph for this article that says it all.  USC travelled to Auburn to play the Top 10 Tigers.  USC started a quarterback who had never thrown a touchdown pass in college.

When the game was over, USC was ranked in the Top 10, Auburn had been shutout and the USC's quarterback had thrown his first pass for a touchdown.

This was just another game for the Trojans.  It was a day when an overrated SEC team demonstrated it didn't belong on the same field as the USC Trojans. 

A few years prior to the thrashing of Auburn, USC had gone into LSU land and had beaten them too.

I believe the USC Alabama history is well known, so I won't bother .  However, it was another example of USC "reaching out" to grab an elusive SEC team.

I have previously written that Florida should never be referred to as "BCS National Champions" because there is nothing "National" about them.

It may be difficult for some to understand what National really means.  If you find it difficult, maybe I can help.

The United States is what we refer to as "our nation."  Our nation has 50 states.  The Atlantic Ocean is on the east coast and the Pacific Ocean is on the west coast.   

When you refer to something as being National you are referring to the nation as a whole, not just the southeast three or four states.

Citizens of the United States refer to America the same way a person would describe the United States.  Therefore, a reference to "America's Team," would be a reference to a team which is National and not local 

The University of Southern California plays teams throughout the nation.  Their football players come from homes throughout the United States.

In 2008, the USC Trojans consisted of players from California, Tennessee, Washington, New York, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey, Arkansas, Ohio, Hawaii, Utah, Texas, Colorado, Minnesota, Arizona, Georgia and Vancouver British Columbia.

In the last few years, USC has played on the home fields of Auburn, Colorado, Kansas State, Notre Dame, Hawaii, Virginia Tech, BYU, Arkansas, Nebraska and Virginia.  USC made multiple trips to some of the schools.

USC and Notre Dame began playing each other when the only transportation was by train.  These trips took a week.

Any team calling itself "America's Team" should also have the glamour.  It doesn't hurt when John Wayne and Ward Bond were teammates at USC.

The bottom line is clear and it's simple.  When it comes to college football, USC is "America's Team."