In honor of SC’s beatdown of Nebraska (and Utah’s beatdown of UCLA, Michigan’s beatdown of Notre Dame, etc.), we bring your attention to “The greatest beatdowns in history.” USC, and the Pac-10 in general, make a few appearances in the top 100:
18. 2005 Orange Bowl: USC wins second straight national title with 55-19 win over No. 2 Oklahoma as Matt Leinart tosses five touchdowns.
35. Pac-10 versus Big Ten: From 1970 through 1992, the Pac-10 went 19-4 in the Rose Bowl.
87. 2001 Fiesta Bowl: The once-pathetic Oregon State Beavers, full of pregame boasts, humiliated Notre Dame 41-9 — and it could have been worse, as the Beavers were flagged for 18 penalties, many for illegal roughness and cheap shots.
To #35 we could add some recent history as well …