Part three of "Pac-10 Football Is Better Than SEC Football" focuses on the fact that the Pac-10's best is better than the SEC's best.
When it comes right down to it, USC is better than LSU, and they have been for the last decade.
We have all come to know that the key to success in a college football program is sustaining success over years at a time. It not good enough to win one year and have a bad year the next (i.e. Charlie Weiss, Tyrone Willingham).
USC has had the better program over the years and I'm here to tell you why.
First off, let's take an objective look at common opponents of LSU and USC by year, going back to 2002.
USC 50 vs Arkansas 14
LSU 31 @ Arkansas 26
USC 20 @ Arizona 3
LSU 45 @ Arizona 3
USC 70 vs Arkansas 17
LSU 19 vs Arkansas 17
USC 38 @ Arizona State 28
LSU 35 @ Arizona State 31
USC 28 @ Oregon State 20
LSU 22 @ Oregon State 21 (OT)
USC 23 vs Auburn 0
LSU 31 vs Auburn 7
USC 45 @ Arizona 0
LSU 59 @ Arizona 13
USC 24 vs Auburn 17
LSU 7 @ Auburn 31
LSU and USC had eight common opponents in this time frame, with LSU going 7-1 (including an OT win) and USC 8-0. LSU has outscored their opponents 249 to 151, while USC has outscored opponents 298 to 103.
Not only have the Trojans outscored the Tigers in these common games, they have also given up less points. The Trojans also have a better record against common opponents.
This is the objective side. Now let's take a look at a slightly more subjective side: how each team finished in the AP and Coaches Polls every year since 2002.
Coaches: 2, 4, 2, 1, 2, 3
AP: 3, 4, 2, 1, 1, 4
Coaches: 1, 3, 5, 16, 1, 6
AP: 1, 3, 6, 16, 2, 6
Both the Tigers and the Trojans have two national titles over these years. However, USC has never finished outside the top four in the country in either poll since 2002. The Tigers have failed to finish in the top four of both polls three out of six years.
USC has established itself as a consistent threat to win and to finish in the top four in the country. LSU is getting there, but has yet to show that it truly can be there every year.
Anyway you look at it, whether it be common opponents or media perception, the USC Trojans are superior to the LSU Tigers.
THE LIST IS BUILDING:
3. The Pac 10's best team is better than the SEC's best team.