The 2007 USC Trojans football team (variously “Trojans” or “USC”) represented the University of Southern California during the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season, winning a share of the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10) championship and winning the 2008 Rose Bowl.The team was coached by Pete Carroll and played its home games at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
The team entered the season with high expectations. It was ranked No. 1 in all national pre-season polls, picked unanimously to win the Pac-10 Conference and expected to contend for a national championship.Those hopes were dealt a major blow when the Trojans lost to 41-point underdog Stanford in a mid-season game that was named one of the greatest upsets in a season that became defined by them.After their second loss, there were questions as to whether the team would be able to even win their own conference, let alone compete nationall.However, USC defied mid-season expectations and rallied, finishing the season ranked No. 2 in the Coaches’ Poll and No. 3 in the Associated Press (AP) Poll.By the end of the season various sports journalists said the Trojans were playing the best football of anyone in the country.
The Trojans accomplished two major feats: They became the first team to win (or share) six straight Pac-10 titles, and were the first team in major college football to achieve six straight 11-win seasons.After the season, ten USC players were selected in the 2008 NFL Draft, with a school-record seven players selected in the first two rounds.As of the completion of the 2012 NFL Draft, 39 players from the 2007 USC Trojans football team were drafted into the NFL.